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Preliminary votes show one new Pacific MP

25 September 2017

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

The preliminary election results show at least one new Pacific MP will enter Parliament. 

Labour's current position, with 35.8 per cent of the party vote, would secure a seat in the house for first-time list candidate 'Anahila Kanongata'a-Suisuiki.

The longtime social worker is likely to join fellow Tongan Labour MP Jenny Salesa and Carmel Sepuloni, according to the Electoral Commission's current list of successful candidates.

However the National Party, which currently holds 46 per cent of the party vote, may still get a new Pacific voice through Agnes Loheni, who is of Samoan descent and is next on the list to enter Parliament if the party gains an additional seat from special votes. 

Successful Pacific candidates based on preliminary election results:


Alfred Ngaro (List Seat)


'Anahila Kanongata'a-Suisuiki (List Seat)

Aupito William Sio for Mangere Electorate

Carmel Sepuloni for Kelston Electorate

Jenny Salesa for Manukau East Electorate

Kris Faafoi for Mana Electorate

Poto Williams for Christchurch East Electorate

New Zealand First:

Darroch Ball (List Seat)

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