Incumbent National Party MP Simon Bridges has retained his Tauranga seat, receiving 19,111 votes.
His nearest rival was Labour's Jan Tinetti, who received 8841 votes.
It was a slight decrease on 2014, when Simon won 20,711 votes.
However, the National frontbencher will enter his fourth term as Tauranga's MP confident he has the consistent support of his electorate.
“It's a really pleasing result. I'm excited to have a renewed mandate for Tauranga. We have a strong record in this city over nine years.”
He says the National government has done a good job in providing infrastructure to Tauranga, but he knows the electorate expects more to be done on housing and social services.
“I'm also keen to see a museum for Tauranga, and I absolutely think central government has a role to play in that. It's a team effort.”
The effect of Jacinda Ardern on some voters meant Simon and his fellow National MPs were briefly concerned about bleeding party votes to Labour in their generally safe electorates. But Simon thinks the economy was what brought National's numbers back up on the night.
“I think there was a renewed focus on the economy, and a lack of focus in Labour's policies, especially around tax. People also made their assessments and backed Bill English's depth of experience.”
As for whether he thinks National will be able to form a government with their only likely coalition partner of substance – New Zealand First – Simon believes their strong party vote, even after three terms, puts his party in a strong position.
“There isn't the same mood among voters as there was at the end of Labour's three terms in 2008,” says Simon.
“But we'll have to see where the final cards lie.”