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.

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Population centres

Kelston is located in an area in Auckland south-west of Waitematā Harbour covering part of Te Atatū 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]

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]

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]

Members of Parliament

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

Key  Labour   

ElectionWinner
2014 election Carmel Sepuloni
2017 election

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

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.

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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