She might not have taken the seat of Tauranga, but Labour's Jan Tinetti will still be representing the electorate as a list MP in parliament.
Jan improved on previous Tauranga Labour candidate Rachel Jones' 2014 vote count, securing 8841 to Rachel's 5869.
Jan says she is ‘really excited' to be entering parliament.
“It's a funny feeling. I'm a bit sad we didn't do better than what I would have liked, but I'm excited about the opportunities for me and Tauranga. I think it's fantastic for this city to have someone from Labour as an MP.”
She conceded over the phone to Simon Bridges earlier this evening – something the National MP says has never happened before.
Although Tauranga is popularly seen as a National ‘safe' seat, Jan says her votes show not everyone sees it as National's by right.
“But I'm most excited about the party vote. This time we've got over 25 per cent of the party vote in Tauranga, compared to just over 14 per cent in 2014. I think that's exciting for this seat.
“We're seeing a big response from people who want change.”
She says her biggest ambition as an MP from Tauranga is to see equity returning to this city.
“A lot of people are doing well, but there are many who aren't. They're the people I work with day in and day out. I don't want to see homelessness in this city anymore, and I want all youth to see a future for themselves.”