Helensville is a New Zealand parliamentary electorate, returning one Member of Parliament to the House of Representatives. The electorate was first established for the 1978 election and was abolished again in 1984, and has existed again since the 2002 election. The MP for Helensville is Chris Penk of the National Party, who has held the seat since the 2017 general election.
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Christopher Aidan Penk is a New Zealand politician and Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives for the National Party.
The 1977 electoral redistribution was the most overtly political since the Representation Commission had been established through an amendment to the Representation Act in 1886, initiated by Muldoon's National Government.As part of the 1976 census, a large number of people failed to fill in an electoral re-registration card, and census staff had not been given the authority to insist on the card being completed. This had little practical effect for people on the general roll, but it transferred Māori to the general roll if the card was not handed in. Together with a northward shift of New Zealand's population, this resulted in five new electorates having to be created in the upper part of the North Island. The electoral redistribution was very disruptive, and 22 electorates were abolished, while 27 electorates were newly created (including Helensville) or re-established. These changes came into effect for the 1978 election.
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In the 1983 electoral redistribution, the Helensville electorate was abolished, and its area went to West Auckland and Rodney.The electorate was re-established in time for the 2002 election in reaction to continued high population growth in and around Auckland. It was made by cutting off the northern flank of the electorate of Waitakere and adding in areas from the electorate of Rodney around its southern boundary.
West Auckland is a former New Zealand parliamentary electorate on the western outskirts of Auckland, created for the 1984 election from part of the former Helensville electorate. The electorate was abolished for the 1993 election, and split between Henderson and Waitakere electorates.
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Helensville covers an area of the rapidly growing northern Auckland urban fringe, drawing Helensville and Kumeu from Rodney District, moving south to take in Paremoremo, Greenhithe and Albany from North Shore City, and finally tacking west to include Whenuapai, Hobsonville and West Harbour from Waitakere City.
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Helensville is a town in the North Island of New Zealand. It is sited 40 kilometres northwest of Auckland, close to the southern extremity of the Kaipara Harbour. State Highway 16 passes through the town, connecting it to Waimauku 16 km to the south, and Kaukapakapa about 12 km to the north-east. Parakai is 2 km to the north-west. The Kaipara River runs through the town and into the Kaipara Harbour to the north.
Kumeu is an affluent rural community situated 25 km north-west of the Auckland City centre in New Zealand. State Highway 16 and the North Auckland Line pass through the town. Huapai lies to the west, Riverhead to the north, Whenuapai to the east, West Harbour to the south-east, and Taupaki to the south.
In the 1978 election, the Helensville electorate was won by Dail Jones, who had been MP for the Waitemata electorate since the 1975 election.After the Helensville electorate was abolished, Jones stood in the West Auckland electorate in the 1984 election but was defeated by the Labour Party candidate, Jack Elder.
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Since the Helensville electorate was re-established for the 2002 election, its only MP was the former Prime Minister, John Key, who beat sitting Waitakere MP Brian Neeson to the nomination, and in a tight year for his party, won the electorate by 1,705 votes in a split field when a disgruntled Neeson chose to stand as an independent. Helensville is partly rural, and wealthy beyond the national average, making it a safe National electorate, and Key was returned easily in 2005, 2008 and 2011 with large majorities.
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Brian Kevin Neeson is a New Zealand politician. He was an MP from 1990 to 2002, representing the National Party, and a member of the Waitemata District Health Board from 2004 to 2010.
The 2005 New Zealand general election on Saturday 17 September 2005 determined the membership of the 48th New Zealand Parliament. One hundred and twenty-one MPs were elected to the New Zealand House of Representatives: 69 from single-member electorates, including one overhang seat, and 52 from party lists.
In December 2016, Key announced that he was stepping down as prime minister and would retire from politics before the 2017 general election, citing pressure on his family.The Helensville seat was won in the election by Chris Penk, retaining it for the National Party.
National NZ First Labour ACT Green
|1978 election||Dail Jones|
|Electorate abolished in 1984 (see West Auckland and Rodney)|
|2002 election||John Key|
|2017 election||Chris Penk|
Members of Parliament elected from party lists in elections where that person also unsuccessfully contested the Helensville electorate. Unless otherwise stated, all MPs terms began and ended at general elections.
|2002 election||Dail Jones|
|2008 election||Darien Fenton|
|David Garrett 1|
|2009||David Clendon 2|
|2014 election||Kennedy Graham|
1 Garrett resigned in September 2010, and his list position was taken by Hilary Calvert
2 Clendon entered Parliament in October 2009 following the resignation of Sue Bradford
|2017 general election: Helensville|
Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
|NZ First||Helen Peterson||2,403||6.21||—||2,795||7.11||−0.25|
|Total Valid votes||38,676||39,333|
|2014 general election: Helensville|
Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
|Total Valid votes||34,860||35,434|
|2011 general election: Helensville|
Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
|Legalise Cannabis||Adrian McDermott||319||0.91||+0.91||174||0.49||+0.16|
|Total Valid votes||34,971||35,809|
Electorate (as at 11 November 2011): 46,983
|2008 general election: Helensville|
|United Future||Angela Lovelock||309||0.85||-0.82||289||0.78||-1.69|
|Bill and Ben||170||0.46|
|Total Valid votes||36,370||36,988|
|2005 general election: Helensville|
|NZ First||Dail Jones||1,400||4.08||-5.45||2,051||5.88||-6.06|
|United Future||Andrea Deeth||573||1.67||-2.47||863||2.47||-5.82|
|Direct Democracy||Helen Koster||58||0.17||11||0.03|
|Total Valid votes||34,335||34,896|
|2002 general election: Helensville|
|NZ First||Dail Jones||2,725||9.53||3,481||11.94|
|United Future||Andrea Deeth||1,184||4.14||2,416||8.29|
|Christian Heritage||David Simpkin||350||1.22||288||0.99|
|Total Valid votes||28,602||29,157|
|National win new seat||Majority||1,705||5.96|
|Social Credit||David Howes||6,718||29.22|
|Social Credit||Chris Lynch||4,510||23.43|
|Values||D A P Worley||370||1.92|
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