TV3 reportiing Kris Fa'afoi has won the seat by only 1,080 votes to Hekia Parata. This was closer than I had expected. Not sure how much of the slim margin was Matt's doing - haven't seen full results yet. The Nats will be stoked it didn't turn into another Mt Albert meltdown a la Melissa Lee. Labour will be relieved the win is over a thousand. And Matt McCarten is just happy to be alive. I wonder how the Greens went?
UPDATE | 10:30PM: Preliminary results from elections.org.nz show it was actually quite close and that if Matt had not done so poorly Mana would have gone blue. 54% turnout is not too bad for a by-election either. Main candidates: