Kelston (New Zealand electorate)

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Electorate boundaries for the Kelston electorate, which was first formed for the 2014 election

Kelston is a New Zealand parliamentary electorate that returns one member to the House of Representatives. It was first formed for the 2014 election and was won by Labour's Carmel Sepuloni.

New Zealand electorates voting district for elections to the New Zealand Parliament

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Population centres

Kelston is located in an area in Auckland south-west of Waitematā Harbour covering part of Te Atatu South, the suburbs of Glen Eden, Sunnyvale, Glendene, Kelston, New Lynn, and Avondale, part of Mt Albert and the suburb of Waterview, with the name coming from one of its component suburbs. [1]

Auckland Metropolitan area in North Island, New Zealand

Auckland is a city in the North Island of New Zealand. Auckland is the largest urban area in the country, with an urban population of around 1,628,900. It is located in the Auckland Region—the area governed by Auckland Council—which includes outlying rural areas and the islands of the Hauraki Gulf, resulting in a total population of 1,695,900. A diverse and multicultural city, Auckland is home to the largest Polynesian population in the world. The Māori-language name for Auckland is Tāmaki or Tāmaki-makau-rau, meaning "Tāmaki with a hundred lovers", in reference to the desirability of its fertile land at the hub of waterways in all directions.

Waitematā Harbour harbour in Auckland

Waitematā Harbour is the main access by sea to Auckland, New Zealand. For this reason it is often referred to as Auckland Harbour, despite the fact that it is one of two harbours adjoining the city. The harbour forms the northern and eastern coasts of the Auckland isthmus and is crossed by the Auckland Harbour Bridge. It is matched on the southern side of the city by the shallower waters of the Manukau Harbour.

Te Atatu South

Te Atatu South is a residential suburb in Auckland, New Zealand. Its location allows the suburb easy access to the city and Henderson town centre. Its elevation allows views back on to the city and Waitakere Ranges. It has coasts backing on to water on its eastern and western sides with walkways and cycleways on both sides.

History

Kelston was proposed in the 2013/14 electorate boundary review and confirmed by the Electoral Commission on 17 April 2014. [2] The increase in population in the Auckland region as recorded in the 2013 census meant an extra electorate was required to keep all electorates within five percent of their quota. To accommodate an extra electorate the Electoral Commission abolished Waitakere and established two new electorates, namely Kelston and Upper Harbour. [2]

Electoral Commission (New Zealand) crown entity administering elections in New Zealand

The Electoral Commission is an independent Crown entity set up by the New Zealand Parliament. It is responsible for the administration of parliamentary elections and referenda, promoting compliance with electoral laws, servicing the work of the Representation Commission, and the provision of advice, reports and public education on electoral matters. The Commission also assists electoral agencies of other countries on a reciprocal basis with their electoral events.

The 2013 New Zealand census was the thirty-third national census. "The National Census Day" used for the census was on Tuesday, 5 March 2013. The population of New Zealand was counted as 4,242,048, – an increase of 214,101 or 5.3% over the 2006 census.

Waitakere (New Zealand electorate) former New Zealand parliamentary electorate

Waitakere was a parliamentary electorate, returning one Member of Parliament to the New Zealand House of Representatives. The electorate was first formed for the 1946 election and existed until 2014, with breaks from 1969 to 1978 and from 1987 to 1993. The last MP for Waitakere was Paula Bennett of the National Party, who had held this position since the 2008 election.

The Kelston electorate took over parts of the Te Atatū, New Lynn, Mount Albert and Waitakere electorates. The first three electorates are all safe Labour electorates while Waitakere was marginal; National's Paula Bennett won the electorate by just nine votes in 2011 from Labour's Carmel Sepuloni. Consequently, Kelston was regarded as a safe Labour electorate. Labour selected Sepuloni as its candidate for the 2014 general election, [3] and she won the election with a majority of over 5,000 votes to National's Chris Penk. [4]

Te Atatū (New Zealand electorate) Current New Zealand electorate

Te Atatū is a parliamentary electorate, returning one Member of Parliament to the New Zealand House of Representatives. The current MP for Te Atatū is Phil Twyford of the Labour Party.

New Lynn (New Zealand electorate)

New Lynn is a New Zealand parliamentary electorate, returning one member to the New Zealand House of Representatives. Deborah Russell of the Labour Party has represented the electorate since the 2017 general election.

Mount Albert (New Zealand electorate) New Zealand Parliamentary electorate

Mount Albert is a parliamentary electorate in Auckland, New Zealand, returning one Member of Parliament (MP) to the New Zealand House of Representatives. It was represented by David Shearer from 13 June 2009 to 31 December 2016. It was represented by Helen Clark from the 1981 general election until her resignation from Parliament on 17 April 2009. It has elected only Labour Party MPs since it was first contested at the 1946 election. The current representative is the Prime Minister and Labour Party leader, Jacinda Ardern, who was elected in a 2017 by-election gaining 77 percent of votes cast in the preliminary results.

Members of Parliament

Unless otherwise stated, all MPs' terms began and ended at general elections.

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ElectionWinner
2014 election Carmel Sepuloni
2017 election

As of 2017 no candidates who have contested the Kelston electorate have been returned as list MPs.

2017 New Zealand general election Election on 23 September 2017

The 2017 New Zealand general election took place on Saturday 23 September 2017 to determine the membership of the 52nd New Zealand Parliament. The previous parliament was elected on 20 September 2014 and was officially dissolved on 22 August 2017. Voters elected 120 members to the House of Representatives under New Zealand's mixed-member proportional (MMP) voting system, a proportional representation system in which 71 members were elected from single-member electorates and 49 members were elected from closed party lists. Around 3.57 million people were registered to vote in the election, with 2.63 million (79.8%) turning out. Advance voting proved popular, with 1.24 million votes cast before election day, more than the previous two elections combined.

Election results

2017 election

2017 general election: Kelston [5]
Notes:

Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
Pink background denotes a candidate elected from their party list.
Yellow background denotes an electorate win by a list member, or other incumbent.
A Green check.svgY or Red x.svgN denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

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PartyCandidateVotes%±%Party votes%±%
Labour Green check.svgY Carmel Sepuloni 16,78954.17+3.2715,98250.18+8.05
National Bala Beeram9,52030.71−2.0910,45632.83−0.51
Green Nicola Smith1,9846.40−0.522,1336.70−4.04
NZ First Anne Degia-Pala1,4674.73+0.402,0876.55−1.90
Legalise Cannabis Jeff Lye3501.13+0.111060.33−0.02
Māori Cinnamon Whitlock2880.931590.50+0.19
Conservative Warren Knott2130.69−1.38910.29−2.67
Opportunities  4941.55
ACT  1120.35−0.65
People's Party  450.14
Mana  240.08
United Future  140.04−0.12
Outdoors  110.03
Internet  90.03
Ban 1080  70.02−0.02
Democrats  10.01−0.02
Informal votes385120
Total Valid votes30,99631,851
Labour holdMajority7,26923.46+5.36

2014 election

2014 general election: Kelston [4]
Notes:

Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
Pink background denotes a candidate elected from their party list.
Yellow background denotes an electorate win by a list member, or other incumbent.
A Green check.svgY or Red x.svgN denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

PartyCandidateVotes%±%Party votes%±%
Labour Carmel Sepuloni 15,09150.9012,93442.13
National Chris Penk 9,72432.809,92432.32
Green Ruth Irwin2,0526.923,29810.74
NZ First Anne Degia-Pala1,2834.332,5958.45
Conservative Paul Sommer6132.079102.96
Legalise Cannabis Jeff Lye3011.021080.35
ACT Bruce Haycock2670.903081.00
Internet Roshni Sami2340.79
United Future Jason Woolston820.28480.16
Internet Mana  4321.41
Māori  940.31
Civilian  150.05
Ban 1080  130.04
Democrats  80.03
Focus  70.02
Independent Coalition  70.02
Informal votes415179
Total Valid votes30,06230,880
Turnout 30,81072.71 [6]
Labour win new seatMajority5,36718.10

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