NZ First’s Winston Peters has taken the Northland seat in the by-election as preliminary results show him winning with a comfortable lead.
With 100% of votes counted Winston Peters sits on 15,359 votes just over 4 thousand ahead of his closest rival Mark Osborne of the National Party who had a final count of 11,347 votes.
Willow-Jean Prime of the Labour Party came in third with 1,315 votes.
A total of 28,468 votes have been counted.
Peters ran a strong campaign in the lead up to the by-election and the win is a major blow to National who always had a stronghold on the Northland seat for decades.
When Winston Peters first entered Parliament, he unsuccessfully contested the Northern Māori seat.
When he first announced he was standing for the seat in the by-election Peters said his stand was a challenge to the government, who he said has forgotten about the North.
A by-election was called following the resignation of Mike Sabin from the Northland seat.