Wairarapa is in the enviable position of having three MPs in the next Parliament.

Sitting National MP Alastair Scott has been re-elected with 14,988, with Labour's Kieran McAnulty close behind with 12,242 and New Zealand First's Ron Mark third with 7079.

Both Mr McAnulty and Mr Mark make it into Parliament through their Party lists.

Mr Scott told the Dannevirke News he was "glad the campaigning is over."


"I was very happy with how the campaigning went this time," he said. "We ran a much smarter campaign, with a lot done from headquarters in Wellington. This campaign was not only smarter, but a more intelligent way of campaigning. It meant I could do door-knocking in particular areas and streets.

"Campaigning is a different game, really intense," he said. "But, I'm very privileged to be re-elected. I'm delighted but obviously I would have liked to see my personal vote higher."

Scott won the Wairarapa seat with 16,223 votes in the 2014 general election, and said he put down the drop in his personal vote down in part to Labour's Kieran McAnulty's campaigning.

And while Mr Scott's lack of visibility in the electorate has received some scathing criticism, he said it's because of the size of the electorate.

"Such a big electorate is one of the problems I have to face," he said. "And I'm not sure you'll see much more of me this time around."

Associate Professor Grant Duncan from Massey University said Mr Scott hasn't made much of an impression because of his backbencher role.

"He hasn't had a huge public profile as an MP," he said.

But Mr Scott is aiming to move up from the backbench this time around and is hoping for a Cabinet post.


"It will all depend what deals there are with minor parties," he said.

"We might eventually see some current Cabinet ministers booted out, or some MPs might decide to retire and I will be ready to jump at any Cabinet opportunity.

"All Ministers get the headlines, but I'm always in Ministers' ears about local issues, including making sure the Manawatu Gorge became a road of national significance and I'm always an advocate for rural health. No-one sees it, but I do get the job done.

"The alternate route through the Manawatu Gorge will be completed in three years and we will see more rural broadband rolled out, so now my focus will be on encouraging more people into our area. We need to do something to incentive people to move out of Auckland and I want us to think of something smart to achieve this."

Mr Scott said the high Party vote National received in Wairarapa was partly the result of the rural/urban divide Labour leader Jacinda Ardern created.

Mr Scott said it's his ability to get on with people which makes him right for the role of electorate MP.

"I like people and can communicate and understand their issues. I have a lot of experience in bringing up a family, running a business and working in the not-for-profit sector," he said.

Now it's back to Parliament with a National caucus meeting on Tuesday.

"I'll have my 10 cents worth," Mr Scott said.

Fact box: Alastair Scott, MP for Wairarapa:

• Age 52.
• Mr Scott has three children and lives with his partner Robyn Noble-Campbell and her three children.
• He has a background in finance, risk management and governance.
• After a banking career in London and Tokyo, he returned to New Zealand in 1997, establishing his wine exporting business Matahiwi Estate in Masterton.
• Other interests include skiing, jogging and cooking.