Hamilton East is a New Zealand parliamentary electorate. It is currently held by David Bennett MPof the National Party.
Since the 1969 election, the number of electorates in the South Island was fixed at 25, with continued faster population growth in the North Island leading to an increase in the number of general electorates. There were 84 electorates for the 1969 election,and the 1972 electoral redistribution saw three additional general seats created for the North Island, bringing the total number of electorates to 87. Together with increased urbanisation in Christchurch and Nelson, the changes proved very disruptive to existing electorates. In the South Island, three electorates were abolished, and three electorates were newly created. In the North Island, five electorates were abolished, two electorates were recreated, and six electorates were newly created (including Hamilton East).
The earlier Hamilton electorate dates from 1922. In 1969 Hamilton West was split off; that electorate initially extended to the west coast. In 1972 the additional electorate of Hamilton East was created, and Hamilton was abolished.
The electorate is mainly urban, and covers the eastern part of the city of Hamilton. The Waikato River divides the city in half and forms the boundary between the Hamilton East and Hamilton West electorates. Only one other electorate borders Hamilton East, the rural electorate of Waikato to the east.
Hamilton East includes the suburbs of Rototuna, Flagstaff, Queenwood, Chedworth Park, Fairfield, Fairview Downs, Enderley, Claudelands, Hamilton East, Hillcrest, Silverdale and Riverlea.
Hamilton East is home to the University of Waikato, and 11.3% of the electorate's workforce is employed in education and training, the second-highest proportion in the country. The majority of households are families, and the median family income is $NZ61,500, which is $2,500 higher than the national median.
Nearly every party since 1972 that has won Hamilton East and its sister seat of Hamilton West has gone on to form the government, earning these seats a reputation as bellwether seats. One notable exception was in 1993, when Labour captured both Hamilton seats from National, but failed to win a parliamentary majority. In recent years, such as the 1999 and 2005 elections, Hamilton East has been won more often by a National candidate, despite the Labour Party forming the government.
Unless otherwise stated, all MPs terms began and ended at general elections.
Labour National NZ First
|1972 election||Rufus Rogers|
|1975 election||Ian Shearer|
|1984 election||Bill Dillon|
|1990 election||Tony Steel|
|1993 election||Dianne Yates|
|1996 election||Tony Steel|
|2002 election||Dianne Yates|
|2005 election||David Bennett|
Members of Parliament elected from party lists in elections where that person also unsuccessfully contested the Hamilton East electorate. Unless otherwise stated, all MPs terms began and ended at general elections.
|1996 election||Doug Woolerton|
|1999 election||Doug Woolerton|
|2002 election||Doug Woolerton|
|2005 election||Doug Woolerton|
|2008 election||Sue Moroney|
|2017 election||Jamie Strange|
1Resigned March 2008, list seat taken by William Sio
|2017 general election: Hamilton East|
Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
|NZ First||Pita Paraone||1,113||3.11||−0.72||2,074||5.66||−1.48|
|Total Valid votes||35,810||36,630|
|2014 general election: Hamilton East|
Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
|NZ First||Richard Taurima||1,296||3.83||+1.37||2,481||7.14||+1.77|
|Internet Mana||Ray Calver||(Internet)||217||0.64||+0.64||348||1.00||+0.73|
|United Future||Quentin Todd||72||0.21||+0.21||104||0.30||-0.48|
|Total Valid votes||34,097||34,934|
|2011 general election: Hamilton East|
Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
|NZ First||Gordon Stewart||797||2.46||-0.04||1,786||5.37||+2.08|
|Total Valid votes||32,402||33,249|
Electorate (as at 26 November 2011): 45,420
|2008 general election: Hamilton East|
|NZ First||Doug Woolerton||830||2.50||-1.32||1,113||3.29||-2.56|
|United Future||Rochelle White||168||0.51||-0.97||458||1.35||-2.06|
|Bill and Ben||243||0.72|
|Total Valid votes||33,188||33,827|
|2005 general election: Hamilton East|
|NZ First||Doug Woolerton||1,411||3.82||-2.82||2,202||5.85||-4.35|
|United Future||Adam Archer||547||1.48||-2.00||2,083||5.53||-2.75|
|Total Valid votes||36,975||37,658|
|National gain from Labour||Majority||5,298||14.33||+16.27|
|2002 general election: Hamilton East|
|NZ First||Doug Woolerton||2,099||6.64||+3.22||3,256||10.20||+6.26|
|United Future||Richard Carter||1,101||3.48||2,643||8.28||+6.42a|
|ACT||Brian George Dawson||751||2.38||+0.12||3,116||9.77||+0.64|
|Christian Heritage||Gavin Denby||307||0.97||-1.28||395||1.24||-1.15|
|Alliance||Ravaani D K Ghaemmaghamy||177||0.56||-3.54||365||1.14||-6.16|
|Total Valid votes||31,601||31,908|
|Labour gain from National||Majority||614||1.94||+4.07|
|1999 general election: Hamilton East|
|NZ First||Doug Woolerton||1,113||3.42||1,293||3.94|
|Christian Heritage||Madeleine Flannagan||732||2.25||783||2.39|
|McGillicuddy Serious||Leanee V. Ireland||370||1.14||67||0.21|
|Mauri Pacific||Helen Akhtari||179||0.55||35||0.11|
|Natural Law||John Cleary||96||0.30||39||0.12|
|Total Valid votes||32,524||32,797|
|1996 general election: Hamilton East|
|NZ First||Doug Woolerton||2,920||8.99||3,604||11.04|
|Christian Coalition||Lindsay Priest||798||2.46||1,734||5.31|
|McGillicuddy Serious||Justine Francis||354||1.09||123||0.38|
|Progressive Green||Dianna Tawharu||176||0.54||88||0.27|
|Natural Law||John Cleary||67||0.21||63||0.19|
|Superannuitants & Youth||Leslie Stroud||64||0.20||47||0.14|
|Ethnic Minority Party||31||0.09|
|Asia Pacific United||5||0.02|
|Advance New Zealand||4||0.01|
|Total Valid votes||32,463||32,637|
|National gain from Labour||Majority||2,347||7.23|
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