New Zealand's official election results have seen the country's first-ever refugee elected to Parliament.

Ms Ghahraman has a lot to celebrate - she's making history. When she's sworn in as an MP, she'll be New Zealand's first refugee to do so.

The Green MP is a human rights lawyer by trade and has an impressive record, taking on war criminals from Cambodia and Yugoslavia at The Hague. 

"My childhood was marred by war and repression and my parents weren't willing to raise a little girl in those conditions so they escaped," Ms Ghahraman told media.

"That place was Iran, which had been gripped by Revolution and taken over by a repressive regime that targeted minorities."