Labour's campaign manager Megan Woods admits the Party was floored to win Christchurch's Ilam seat over Gerry Brownlee.
Brownlee fell two thousand votes behind Labour's Sarah Pallett to lose the electorate he's held since 1996 to transform Christchurch into a Labour stronghold.
Woods told Chris Lynch Pallett connected with the electorate and Jacinda Ardern's appeal cannot be ignored.
But she says the win wasn't expected.
Woods says it speaks to Christchurch people buying into Labour's plans for the future.