Hamilton East is a New Zealand parliamentary electorate. It is currently held by David Bennett MPof the National Party.
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.
David Allister Bennett is a New Zealand politician. He has been a Member of Parliament since 2005, representing the Hamilton East electorate for the National Party.
The New Zealand National Party, shortened to National or the Nats, is a centre-right political party in New Zealand. It is one of two major parties that dominate contemporary New Zealand politics, alongside its traditional rival, the New Zealand Labour 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 1969 New Zealand general election was a nationwide vote to determine the shape of Parliament's 36th term. It saw the Second National Government headed by Prime Minister Keith Holyoake of the National Party win a fourth consecutive term.
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.
The North Island, also officially named Te Ika-a-Māui, is one of the two main islands of New Zealand, separated from the larger but much less populous South Island by Cook Strait. The island's area is 113,729 square kilometres (43,911 sq mi), making it the world's 14th-largest island. It has a population of 3,749,200.
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.
Hamilton is a former New Zealand parliamentary electorate that existed from 1922 to 1969. The electorate covered the urban area of the city of Hamilton. In 1969, the city was part of two rural electorates, Hamilton East and Waikato. For the 1972 election, the nature of Hamilton East changed to urban, and the Hamilton West electorate complements it to form a second urban electorate.
Hamilton West is a New Zealand parliamentary electorate. It has been held by Tim Macindoe MP of the National Party since the 2008 general election.
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 is a city in the North Island of New Zealand. It is the seat and most populous city of the Waikato region, with a territorial population of 169,300, the country's fourth most-populous city. Encompassing a land area of about 110 km2 (42 sq mi) on the banks of the Waikato River, Hamilton is part of the wider Hamilton Urban Area, which also encompasses the nearby towns of Ngaruawahia, Te Awamutu and Cambridge.
The Waikato River is the longest river in New Zealand, running for 425 kilometres (264 mi) through the North Island. It rises in the eastern slopes of Mount Ruapehu, joining the Tongariro River system and flowing through Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake. It then drains Taupo at the lake's northeastern edge, creates the Huka Falls, and flows northwest through the Waikato Plains. It empties into the Tasman Sea south of Auckland, at Port Waikato. It gives its name to the Waikato Region that surrounds the Waikato Plains. The present course of the river was largely formed about 17,000 years ago. Contributing factors were climate warming, forest being reestablished in the river headwaters and the deepening, rather than widening, of the existing river channel. The channel was gradually eroded as far up river as Piarere, leaving the old Hinuera channel through the Hinuera Gap high and dry. The remains of the old river path can be clearly seen at Hinuera where the cliffs mark the ancient river edges. The river's main tributary is the Waipa River, which has its confluence with the Waikato at Ngaruawahia.
Hamilton East includes the suburbs of Rototuna, Flagstaff, Queenwood, Chedworth Park, Fairfield, Fairview Downs, Enderley, Claudelands, Hamilton East, Hillcrest, Silverdale and Riverlea.
Rototuna is a suburb in northern Hamilton, New Zealand, east of Flagstaff. It was built on what was previously the bed of an ancient lake of which Rototuna was a tiny remnant. It is one of the newest and fastest-growing suburbs in Hamilton, along with Neighbouring Huntington and Flagstaff.
Queenwood is a suburb in northern Hamilton in New Zealand. This place is separated by Chartwell Park from Chartwell. It is mostly a residential area, with the typical range of local shops. It is located between River Road and Hukanui Road.
Chedworth Park, also known simply as Chedworth, is a suburb in eastern Hamilton in New Zealand. It was defined as a suburb of Hamilton in 1974.
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 $2,500 higher than the national median.
The University of Waikato, informally Waikato University, is a comprehensive university in Hamilton, New Zealand. The university was established in 1964, and has a satellite campus located in Tauranga.
The New Zealand dollar is the official currency and legal tender of New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Niue, the Ross Dependency, Tokelau, and a British territory, the Pitcairn Islands. Within New Zealand, it is almost always abbreviated with the dollar sign ($), with "NZ$" sometimes used to distinguish it from other dollar-denominated currencies. In the context of currency trading, it is often informally called the "Kiwi" or "Kiwi dollar", since New Zealand is commonly associated with the indigenous bird and the one-dollar coin depicts a kiwi.
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|
|ACT||Garry B Mallett||420||1.27||-0.18||1,387||4.10||+2.16|
|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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