Clutha-Southland is a parliamentary constituency returning one member to the New Zealand House of Representatives. The current MP for Clutha Southland is Hamish Walker of the National Party. He has held the seat since the 2017 general election.
An electorate is a geographical constituency used for electing members to the New Zealand Parliament. In informal discussion, electorates are often called seats. The most formal description, electoral district, is used in legislation. The size of electorates is determined on a population basis such that all electorates have approximately the same population.
The New Zealand House of Representatives is a component of the New Zealand Parliament, along with the Sovereign. The House passes all laws, provides ministers to form a Cabinet, and supervises the work of the Government. It is also responsible for adopting the state's budgets and approving the state's accounts.
Hamish Richard Walker is a New Zealand politician and Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives for the National Party.
Clutha-Southland was promulgated as one of the original 65 MMP electorates, centred on Southland district and covering an area stretching from Fiordland across the far south of the South Island to the south Otago coast. Its largest population centres are Gore and Balclutha. In 2008, the seat of Otago was abolished and split between the Waitaki and Clutha-Southland electorates, and parts of Central Otago, primarily around Arrowtown, Queenstown and Roxburgh were also transferred to Clutha-Southland.
Southland District is a territorial authority in the South Island of New Zealand.
Fiordland is a geographic region of New Zealand in the south-western corner of the South Island, comprising the western-most third of Southland. Most of Fiordland is dominated by the steep sides of the snow-capped Southern Alps, deep lakes, and its steep, glacier-carved and now ocean-flooded western valleys. The name "Fiordland" comes from a variant spelling of the Scandinavian word for this type of steep valley, "fjord". The area of Fiordland is dominated by, and very roughly coterminous with, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand's largest National Park.
The South Island, also officially named Te Waipounamu, is the larger of the two major islands of New Zealand in surface area; the other being the smaller but more populous North Island. It is bordered to the north by Cook Strait, to the west by the Tasman Sea, and to the south and east by the Pacific Ocean. The South Island covers 150,437 square kilometres (58,084 sq mi), making it the world's 12th-largest island. It has a temperate climate.
Clutha-Southland is the successor to the old Wallace, Clutha and Awarua constituencies. Its boundaries had changed at all three redistributions undertaken since its creation, as dwindling populations in both the old Clutha-Southland electorate and in the neighbouring Invercargill electorate have forced both seats northwards to ensure every electorate population stays within certain limits. This trend stopped in the 2013 redistribution, however, with both the Clutha-Southland and Invercargill electorates remaining unchanged in area.
Wallace was a New Zealand parliamentary electorate. It was established in 1858, the first election held in 1859, and existed until 1996. For a time, it was represented by two members. In total, there were 18 Members of Parliament from the Wallace electorate.
Clutha was a New Zealand parliamentary electorate from 1866 to 1996.
Awarua was a New Zealand parliamentary electorate from 1881 to 1996.
Because of its largely rural nature, Clutha-Southland is one of the National Party's safest seats. Bill English, who is the former Prime Minister, held the seat from 1996 to 2014. English announced in January 2014 that he would retire as the electorate MP at the 2014 general election, becoming a list MP only.
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Sir Simon William English is a retired New Zealand politician who served as the 39th Prime Minister of New Zealand from 2016 to 2017. He was the leader of the National Party from 2001 to 2003 and 2016 to 2018, also serving two terms as Leader of the Opposition.
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Todd Barclay won the 2014 election by a significant margin over Labour's Liz Craig,obtaining nearly 64% of the candidate votes. Barclay became at that time the youngest MP in the House of Representatives. In 2017, he announced he would not stand for re-election at the 2017 election, after revealing he had secretly recorded staff in his office without their consent. The seat was won at the election by Hamish Walker, retaining it for the National Party.
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The electorate has been represented by two members of parliament so far.
Key National NZ First
|1996 election||Bill English|
|2014 election||Todd Barclay|
|2017 election||Hamish Walker|
Members of Parliament elected from party lists in elections where that person also unsuccessfully contested the electorate. Unless otherwise stated, all MPs terms began and ended at general elections.
|2017 election||Mark Patterson|
|2017 general election: Clutha-Southland|
Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
The incumbent is the current holder of an office. This term is usually used in reference to elections, in which races can often be defined as being between an incumbent and non-incumbent(s). For example, in the Hungarian presidential election, 2017, János Áder was the incumbent, because he had been the president in the term before the term for which the election sought to determine the president. A race without an incumbent is referred to as an open seat.
|NZ First||Mark Patterson||3,485||9.57||—||2,900||7.84||+1.60|
|Ban 1080||Brian Adams||674||1.85||-0.87||144||0.39||-0.39|
|Total Valid votes||36,434||36,983|
|2014 general election: Clutha-Southland|
Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
|Ban 1080||James Veint||915||2.71||—||268||0.78||—|
|Independent Coalition||Karl Barkley||168||0.50||—||32||0.09||—|
|Total Valid votes||34,025||34,336|
|2011 general election: Clutha-Southland|
Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
|Sovereignty Party||Tony Corbett||130||0.42||+0.42|
|Total Valid votes||31,056||31,831|
Electorate (as at 26 November 2011): 43,395
|2008 general election: Clutha-Southland|
|Family Party||Paul Tankard||515||1.54||+1.54||193||0.57||+0.57|
|Bill and Ben||259||0.77||+0.77|
|Total Valid votes||33,345||33,799|
|2005 general election: Clutha-Southland|
|NZ First||Dave Mackie||999||3.32||-0.33||1,386||4.57||-2.20|
|United Future||Joy Lietze||701||2.33||-0.23||1,028||3.39||-3.21|
|Total Valid votes||30,116||30,335|
|2002 general election: Clutha-Southland|
|NZ First||Dave Mackie||1,059||3.65||-0.06||1,977||6.77||+3.37|
|United Future||Joy Lietze||742||2.56||1,928||6.60|
|Christian Heritage||Grant Bradfield||365||1.26||-2.37||335||1.15||-2.53|
|Alliance||James R Flynn||117||0.40||224||0.77||-5.38|
|Total Valid votes||29,035||29,196|
*Percentage change calculation based on percent as Alliance candidate in 1999 election.
|1999 general election: Clutha-Southland|
|NZ First||Dave Mackie||1,131||3.71||1,043||3.40||-11.57|
|Christian Heritage||Grant Bradfield||1,108||3.63||1,128||3.68|
|South Island||Pat McCarrigan||469||1.54||421||1.37|
|Total Valid votes||30,495||30,637|
|1996 general election: Clutha-Southland|
|NZ First||Alan Wise||5,075||16.19||4,709||14.97|
|Christian Coalition||Russell Zwies||1,060||3.38||2,147||6.82|
|McGillicuddy Serious||Robyn West||306||0.98||133||0.42|
|Natural Law||Gilbert Urquhart||50||0.16||24||0.08|
|Superannuitants & Youth||11||0.03|
|Advance New Zealand||2||0.01|
|Asia Pacific United||2||0.01|
|Ethnic Minority Party||2||0.01|
|Total Valid votes||31,351||31,465|
|National win new seat||Majority||9,043||28.84|
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