NZ Election 2020: Electorate results as they happened

Welcome to Newshub's live updates of the 2020 electorate results.

Before Saturday, more than 1.97 million people had voted, the highest advance voting total in New Zealand's history.

As well as voting for political parties and candidates, Kiwis are having their say on the two referendums - one on cannabis legalisation and control, and a second on euthanasia. The results of these won't be known for two weeks.

Newshub will bring you the results, the analysis and the reactions. A livestream of coverage can be found above or at this YouTube link.

Final electorate results:

Auckland Central - Chlöe Swarbrick (Green)

Banks Peninsula - Tracy McLellan (Labour)

Bay of Plenty - Todd Muller (National)

Botany - Christopher Luxon (National)

Christchurch Central - Duncan Webb (Labour)

Christchurch East - Poto Williams (Labour)

Coromandel - Scott Simpson (National)

Dunedin - David Clark (Labour)

East Coast - Kiri Allan (Labour)

East Coast Bays - Erica Stanford (National)

Epsom - David Seymour (ACT)

Hamilton East - Jamie Strange (Labour)

Hamilton West - Gaurav Sharma (Labour)

Hutt South - Ginny Andersen (Labour)

Ilam - Sarah Pallett (Labour)

Invercargill - Penny Simmonds (National)

Kaikōura - Stuart Smith (National)

Kaipara ki Mahurangi - Chris Penk (National)

Kelston - Carmel Sepuloni (Labour)

Mana - Barbara Edmonds (Labour)

Māngere - Aupito Sio (Labour)

Manurewa - Arena Williams (Labour)

Maungakiekie - Denise Lee (National)

Mt Albert - Jacinda Ardern (Labour)

Mt Roskill - Michael Wood (Labour)

Napier - Stuart Nash (Labour)

Nelson - Rachel Boyack (Labour)

New Lynn - Deborah Russell (Labour)

New Plymouth - Glen Bennett (Labour)

North Shore - Simon Watts (National)

Northcote - Shannan Halbert (Labour)

Northland - Matt King (National)

Ōhāriu - Greg O'Connor (Labour)

Ōtaki - Terisa Ngobi (Labour)

Pakuranga - Simeon Brown (National)

Palmerston North - Tangi Utikere (Labour)

Panmure-Ōtāhuhu - Jenny Salesa (Labour)

Papakura - Judith Collins (National)

Port Waikato - Andrew Baily (National)

Rangitata - Jo Luxton (Labour)

Rangitīkei - Ian McKelvie (National)

Remutaka - Chris Hipkins (Labour)

Rongotai - Paul Eagle (Labour)

Rotorua - Todd McClay (National)

Selwyn - Nicola Grigg (National)

Southland - Joseph Mooney (National)

Taieri - Ingrid Leary (Labour)

Takanini - Neru Leavasa (Labour)

Tāmaki - Simon O'Connor (National)

Taranaki-King Country - Barbara Kuriger (National)

Taupō - Louise Upston (National)

Tauranga - Simon Bridges (National)

Te Atatū - Phil Twyford (Labour)

Tukituki - Anna Lorck (Labour)

Upper Harbour - Vanushi Walters (Labour)

Waikato - Tim van de Molen (National)

Waimakariri - Matt Doocey (National)

Wairarapa - Kieran McAnulty (Labour)

 Waitaki - Jacqui Dean (National)

Wellington Central - Grant Robertson (Labour)

West Coast-Tasman - Damien O'Connor (Labour)

Whanganui - Steph Lewis (Labour)

Whangaparāoa - Mark Mitchell (National)

Whangārei - Shane Reti (National)

Wigram - Megan Woods (Labour)

Hauraki-Waikato - Nanaia Mahuta (Labour)

Ikaroa-Rāwhiti - Meka Whaitiri (Labour)

Tāmaki Makaurau - Peeni Henare (Labour)

Te Tai Hauāuru - Adrian Rurawhe (Labour)

Te Tai Tokerau - Kelvin Davis (Labour)

Te Tai Tonga - Rino Tirikatene (Labour)

Waiariki - Rawiri Waititi (Māori party)

Our live updates on the election and the electorate results have now finished.

12am - Thank you for following along tonight. We will be ending these live updates now, but Newshub will continue to have coverage of the results over the coming days. 

11:53pm - More results have come in - here are the winners:

Maungakiekie: National's Denise Lee

  • Second place: Labour's Priyanca Radhakrishnan
  • Margin: 570

Mt Albert: Labour's Jacinda Ardern

  • Second place: National's Melissa Lee
  • Margin: 16,577

Mt Roskill: Labour's Michael Wood

  • Second place: National's Parmjeet Parmar
  • Margin: 9502

New Plymouth: Labour's Glen Bennett

  • Second place: National's Jonathan Young
  • Margin: 1519

Palmerston North: Labour's Tangi Utikere

  • Second place: National's William Wood
  • Margin: 10,442

Taieri: Labour's Ingrid Leary

  • Second place: Liam Kernaghan
  • Margin: 10,632

Taranaki-King County: National's Barbara Kuriger

  • Second place: Labour's Angela Roberts
  • Margin: 3632

Taupo: National's Louise Upston

  • Second place: Labour's Ala' Al-Bustanji
  • Margin: 5254

Upper Harbour: Labour's Vanushi Walters

  • Second place: National's Jake Bezzant
  • Margin: 1415

11:49pm - In an unexpected result, Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick has officially won Auckland Central, beating Labour's Helen White by a margin of just 492. 

National's Emma Mellow came in third, just 1002 votes behind White.

Botany has also been won by National's Christopher Luxon, beating Labour's Naisi Chen by a margin of 4771. The seat had previously been held by former National MP - now Advance NZ co-leader - Jami-Lee Ross from 2011. 

The Epsom seat has been retained by ACT leader David Seymour, with Labour's Camila Belich coming in second by a margin of 8883.

Kelston has also been retained by Labour MP Carmel Sepuloni, who beat National's Bala Beeram by a landslide 12,211 votes.

11:39pm - National's Tim Van de Molen has won the Waikato seat for a second term by a margin of 5387, with Labour's Kerrin Leoni in second place. ACT's James McDowall came in third. The Waikato seat has long been held by National despite periods of abolishment, with former MP Lindsay Tisch holding power from 2008 to 2017.

The Māori electorate, Hauraki-Waikato, has been retained by Labour's Nanaia Mahuta, beating the Māori Party's Donna Pokere-Phillips by 7535. Mahuta has held the seat since 2008. Advance NZ's Phillip Lambert came in third.

11:31pm - Hamilton East and Hamilton West have been won by their Labour candidates, Jamie Strange and Guarav Sharma respectively.

David Bennett had held the East seat since 2005, while Tim Macindoe had been the West MP since 2008. 

But now both formerly safe National seats have Labour leaders, with Strange winning by a slim margin of 1948 and Sharma by 4425.

The Green Party's Rimu Bhooi and ACT's Roger Weldon came in third place respectively.

11:22pm - Five new results are in - here are the winners:

North Shore: National's Simon Watts

  • Second place: Labour's Romy Udanga
  • Third place: Green Party's Liz Rawlings
  • Margin: 3982

Pakuranga: National's Simeon Brown

  • Second place: Labour's Nerissa Henry
  • Third place: Green Party's Lawrence Xu-Nan
  • Margin: 9756

Papakura: National's Judith Collins

  • Second place: Labour's Anahila Kanongata'a-Suisuiki
  • Third place: Green Party's Sue Cowie
  • Margin: 5925

Port Waikato: National's Andrew Bayly

  • Second place: Labour's Baljit Kaur
  • Third place: Heartland NZ's Mark Ball
  • Margin: 4256

Whangaparāoa - National's Mark Mitchell

  • Second place: Labour's Lorayne Ferguson
  • Third place: ACT's Paul Grace
  • Margin: 7640.

National leader Judith Collins has maintained her Papakura seat after first being elected as MP in 2008.

11:13pm - The Wairarapa seat has been won by Labour's Kieran McAnulty with 19,519 votes, beating second place National candidate Mike Butterick by a margin of 5411.

New Zealand First's Ron Mark came in third with 2884 votes.

11:02pm - Nine results have come in - here are the winners:

Coromandel: National's Scott Simpson

  • Second place: Labour's Nathaniel James Blomfield
  • Third place: Green Party's Jack Brazil
  • Margin: 4206

Dunedin: Labour's David Clark

  • Second place: National's Michael Woodhouse
  • Third place: Green Party's Pamela Grealey
  • Margin: 13,321

Invercargill: National's Penny Simmonds

  • Second place: Labour's Liz Craig
  • Third place: Green Party's Rochelle Francis
  • Margin: 685

Kaikoura: National's Stuart Smith

  • Second place: Labour's Matt Flight
  • Third place: NZ First's Jamie Arbuckle
  • Margin: 2282

Napier: Labour's Stuart Nash

  • Second place: National's Katie Nimon
  • Third place: Green Party's James Crow
  • Margin: 4525

Southland: National's Joseph Mooney

  • Second place: Labour's Jon Mitchell
  • Third place: Green Party's David Kennedy
  • Margin: 5076

Tukituki: Labour's Anna Lorck

  • Second place: National's Lawrence Yule
  • Third place: Green Party's Chris Perley
  • Margin: 772

Waitaki: National's Jacqui Dean

  • Second place: Labour's Liam Wairepo
  • Third place: Green Party's Sampsa Kiuru
  • Margin: 3168

West Coast-Tasman: Labour's Damien O'Connor

  • Second place: National's Maureen Pugh
  • Third place: Green Party's Steve Richards
  • Margin: 5067.

10:51pm - Counting is coming to a close for a number of electorates. Here's a recap of the tightest margins so far: 

  • Auckland Central, 97.6 pc returned: Leading candidate, Chlöe Swarbrick; Second place, Helen White - current margin, 490
  • Invercargill, 98.4 pc returned: Leading candidate, Penny Simonds; Second place, Liz Craig - current margin, 642
  • Rangitīkei, 58.3 pc returned: Leading candidate, Soraya Peke-Mason; Second place, Ian McKelvie - current margin, 135
  • Tukituki, 99.1 pc returned: Leading candidate, Anna Lorck; Second place, Lawrence Yule - current margin, 801
  • Whangārei, 84.7 pc returned: Leading candidate, Shane Reti; Second place, Emily Henderson - current margin, 222
  • Tāmaki Makaurau, 82.2 pc returned: Leading candidate, Peeni Henare; Second place, John Tamihere - current margin, 839
  • Te Tai Hauāuru, 85.7 pc returned: Leading candidate, Kelvin Davis; Second place, Mariameno Kapa-Kingi - current margin, 826
  • Waiariki, 92 pc returned: Leading candidate, Rawiri Waititi; Second place, Tamati Coffey - current margin, 302.

10:35pm - The results are almost in for the battleground of Auckland Central, with a current margin of 493 votes separating leading Green Party MP Chlöe Swarbrick from Labour's Helen White. 

10:28pm - 97.3 percent of the vote has been returned for New Plymouth - and National looks set to lose the seat it has held since 2008. 

Labour candidate Glen Bennett is sitting 1568 votes ahead of incumbent MP Jonathan Young.

10:13pm - National has lost the Nelson seat, with Nick Smith - the MP who has held the electorate since 1996, and was the MP for Tasman prior to that from 1990 - falling to Labour's Rachel Boyack.

Boyack raked in 18,625 votes, compared to Smith's 15,048 - a majority of 3577. The Green Party's Aaron Stallard came in third with 1550.

In the 2017 election, Smith beat Boyack by a relatively slim majority of 4283. 

Nick Smith, Aaron Stallard and new Nelson MP, Rachel Boyack.
Nick Smith, Aaron Stallard and new Nelson MP, Rachel Boyack. Photo credit: File

10:07pm - Here's a look at the electorates with the tightest numbers so far:

  • Auckland Central: Greens' Chloe Swarbrick 421 votes ahead of Labour's Helen White
  • Hutt South: Labour's Ginny Andersen 265 votes ahead of National's Chris Bishop
  • Invercargill: National's Penny Simmonds 107 votes ahead of Labour's Liz Craig
  • Maungakiekie: National's Denise Lee 388 votes ahead of Labour's Priyanca Radhakrishnan
  • Whangarei: Labour's Emily Henderson 64 votes ahead of National's Shane Reti
  • Waiariki: Maori Party's Rawiri Waititi 131 votes ahead of Labour's Tamati Coffey.

10:03pm - National deputy leader Gerry Brownlee is still languishing behind Labour's Sarah Pallett for the Ilam seat, trailing by 2026 votes. He has the held the electorate since 1996.

9:59pm - With almost 90 percent of the vote returned, Green MP Swarbrick is still in the lead for Auckland Central - just. Swarbrick is ahead of Labour's Helen White by 427 votes.

9:49pm - The first electorate result has been confirmed - Labour's Jo Luxton is the new MP for Rangitata, stealing the seat from National with 18,876 votes.

Rangitata has been considered a safe National seat, with Jo Goodhew holding it from 2008 to 2017, before being taken over by National's Andrew Falloon last election. Falloon beat Luxton, who contested in 2017, by more than 6300 votes. Now, Luxton has secured the seat by 3484.

New National candidate Megan Hands came in second place with 15,392 votes, and ACT's Hamish Hutton is third with 1220.

9:41pm - Despite ongoing fluctuations, Rawiri Waititi is back in the lead for Waiariki with 7324 votes, with Coffey sitting at 7286.

It's also looking close for Otaki, with National's Tim Costley just 104 votes ahead of Labour's Terisa Ngobi - and more than 50 percent returned.

Labour MP for Waiariki, Tamati Coffey.
Labour MP for Waiariki, Tamati Coffey. Photo credit: Getty

9:31pm - The Maori Party are in the lead for Waiariki, with Rawiri Waititi pulling ahead of incumbent Tamati Coffey by a handful of votes.

9:22pm - Both Hamilton East and Hamilton West, held by National's David Bennett and Tim Macindoe respectively, are currently being led by Labour candidates. Despite the seats being held by Bennett and Macindoe for multiple terms, Jamie Strange and Gaurav Sharma are now leading by a few-thousand votes.

9:17pm - With 35.8 percent of the vote returned for Northland, incumbent National MP Matt King and Labour's Willow-Jean Prime are grappling for the lead. King, who won the seat from current Deputy Prime Minister and New Zealand First leader Winston Peters in 2017, is just 172 votes ahead of Prime.

9:15pm - National's Denise Lee is just 266 votes ahead of Labour's Priyanca Radhakrishnan for the Maungakiekie electorate. Lee, who won the seat in 2017, recently made headlines after criticising Collins' decision to review Auckland Council, describing the idea as "highly problematic" in a leaked email to her colleagues.

9:05pm - With 40.4 percent of the vote returned, incumbent Prime Minister and Mt Albert MP Jacinda Ardern is leading the electorate by a landslide 12,832 votes.

Minister of Health and Education and current Labour MP for Rimutaka, Chris Hipkins, is also holding the lead by more than 12,700 votes.

Minister of Finance and Wellington Central MP, Grant Robertson, is leading by 11,007. He has held the seat since 2008.

Christchurch East MP and Minister for Community and Voluntary Sector, Poto Williams, is 12,002 votes ahead of National candidate Lincoln Platt.

8:55pm - As of 8:55pm, 18 electorates held by National MPs have Labour candidates currently in the lead, including historically safe National seats Ilam, Nelson, New Plymouth, East Coast, Upper Harbour, Tukituki and Rangitata.

8:53pm - It's still a tight race for the Māori electorate Waiariki. Incumbent Labour MP Tamati Coffey is holding a lead by just 137 votes, with Māori Party candidate Rawiri Waititi in hot pursuit. Controversial Vision NZ leader Hannah Tamaki is far behind in third place.

8:47pm - Taieri (formerly Dunedin South) is still looking like a safe Labour seat with new candidate Ingrid Leary leading by 3221. Incumbent MP Clare Curran, who has held the electorate since 2008, announced her retirement last year. 

Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins - the Minister of Health and Minister of Education - has secured the seat for four terms and will evidently take it once again, currently leading by a landslide 12,300.

8:41pm - The battle for Auckland Central is still neck-and-neck, with Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick just 401 votes ahead of Labour's Helen White with 42.9 percent returned.

Held by National MP Nikki Kaye since 2008, the retiring MP won by a slim majority in 2017, beating White by 1581 votes.

8:36pm - As of 8:35pm, 19 electorates currently held by National MPs now have Labour candidates in the lead.

8:31pm - National's Shane Reti, who has held the Whangarei seat for two terms, is trailing behind Labour's Emily Henderson with 17.1 percent returned. Reti maintained the seat in 2017 by a landslide 10,967 votes.

8:29pm - Ryan Bridge is back with the "whizzbang" graphics in Parliament. Sixty-one is the magic number of seats to control the House - here's what the seats look like so far.

8:25pm - Tauranga MP and former National leader Simon Bridges, who has held the seat since 2008, is in the lead.

Bridges won the electorate by a landslide 11,252 votes in 2017, but is currently just ahead of Labour candidate Jan Tinetti by 1142.

8:22pm - Incumbent Labour MPs Stuart Nash, David Clark and Carmel Sepuloni - for Napier, Dunedin and Kelston respectively - are leading in their electorates. Former Health Minister Clark - who resigned from the role in July after a series of bungles - is still proving popular, ahead by a significant 8135 votes. 

With 37.7 percent returned, Clark is sitting at 12,074 votes - with National's Michael Woodhouse languishing behind at 3939.

David Clark.
David Clark. Photo credit: Getty

8:09pm - With just over 40 percent of the vote returned, National MP Jonathan Young - who has held the seat since 2008 - is losing to Labour's Glen Bennett. Bennett is leading the way on 12,159 votes, while Young trails behind by 2231. 

8:05pm - Things are also looking close for Tāmaki Makaurau, with incumbent Labour MP Peeni Henare leading the way - but not by much. Māori Party candidate John Tamihere is close behind, with 19 percent of the vote returned.

8:01pm - It's looking like a close race for the Waiariki seat, a Māori electorate. Incumbent Labour MP Tamati Coffey is sitting on 3990 votes, with 13 percent returned, while Māori Party candidate Rawiri Waititi is on 3973.

8pm - At 8pm, here's how things look for the party vote: 

Labour - 50.4 percent or 65 seats

National - 25.8 percent or 34 seats

Greens - 8.3 percent or 11 seats

Act - 7.6 percent or 10 seats

New Zealand First - 2.3 percent or 0 seats.

7:57pm - Ilam MP and National deputy leader Gerry Brownlee is still languishing behind his Labour opponent, with Sarah Pallett sitting on 7630 votes with 22.9 percent returned. The electorate has long been considered safe National territory, with Brownlee holding the seat since 1996. He has currently returned 5225 votes.

Early numbers show Gerry Brownlee languishing behind the Ilam Labour candidate.
Early numbers show Gerry Brownlee languishing behind the Ilam Labour candidate. Photo credit: Getty

7:51pm - Labour's Jo Luxton is leading the way for the Rangitata seat, with 35.6 percent returned. The electorate was won by National's Andrew Falloon in 2017, with Luxton losing by 6331. She is now sitting 4293 votes ahead of new National candidate Megan Hands.

7:48pm - With 14.6 percent returned, incumbent Epsom MP and ACT Party leader David Seymour is currently leading by 909 votes, with Labour's Camilla Belich in second-place. Seymour has held the seat since 2014.

7:43am - Upper Harbour, typically regarded as a safe National seat and held by retiring MP Paula Bennett, currently shows Labour's Vanushi Walters in the lead with 33 percent returned. New National candidate Jake Bezzant is in second-place.

7:38pm - National Party deputy leader and incumbent Ilam MP Gerry Brownlee is currently running second to Labour's Sarah Pallett. Ilam is considered a safe National seat with Brownlee holding the electorate since 1996.

With 15.3 percent of the vote returned, Brownlee is sitting on 3178 votes compared to Pallett at 4183. 

7:34pm - The battle for Auckland Central now shows Labour's Helen White in the lead, with 22.6 percent of the vote returned. White is sitting on 4311, with Swarbrick close behind on 4144. National's Emma Mellow is on 3413.

7:32pm - With 12.7 percent returned, new East Coast National candidate Tania Tapsell is sitting on 5724 votes, with Labour MP Kiri Allan leading the way on 8347. 

7:28pm - Early numbers show long-time Nelson MP, National's Nick Smith, running second to Labour's Rachel Boyack. With 29.9 percent of the vote returned, Boyack is sitting at 8981, with Smith at 6405. 

Smith has held the Nelson seat since 1996.

7:25pm - National MP Christopher Luxon is currently leading the way for the Botany seat, with 11.6 percent of the vote returned. Luxon is currently at 5143 votes, ahead of Labour candidate Naisi Chen at 3079.

The Botany electorate has been held by former National MP Jami-Lee Ross - now the co-leader of Advance NZ - since 2011. He is no longer contesting for the seat.

7:20pm - Early numbers from the Mt Albert electorate shows incumbent MP and Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, leading the way by a significant 5830 votes, with 14 percent of the vote returned.

7:12pm -  A quick look at the Auckland Central electorate shows Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick in the lead. However, only 6 percent of the vote has been returned. Swarbrick has 409 votes, compared to Labour candidate Helen White's 301 votes and National candidate Emma Mellow's 249.

7:07pm - The preliminary count has been released, with the first results showing Labour on 50.5 percent - 65 seats; National on 26.6 percent - 34 seats; ACT on 8.3 percent - 11 seats; the Green Party on 7 percent - nine seats; and New Zealand First on 2.3 percent - zero seats.

A shift subsequently showed Labour on 49.2 percent; National on 27.3 percent; the Green Party on 9.8 percent; ACT on 7.6 percent and New Zealand First on 2.2 percent.

These results will continue to move around - to stay up-to-date, follow Newshub's live election coverage here.

7:05pm - Newshub-Reid Research's poll on the eve of election showed Labour with a slim majority.

7:03pm - Click here for a refresh on the key battleground electorates to keep an eye on.

7pm - Voting has officially closed - results will begin to be released from 7pm.