Rongotai (New Zealand electorate)

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Rongotai electorate boundaries used since the 2008 election

Rongotai is a New Zealand electorate, returning a single member to the New Zealand House of Representatives. The current MP for Rongotai is Paul Eagle of the Labour Party. He has held this position since the 2017 general election.

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Population centres

The Rongotai electorate is centred on the southern and eastern suburbs of Wellington City. It stretches from Miramar in the east to take in the suburbs of Rongotai, Kilbirnie, Lyall Bay and Hataitai and runs from the south coast at Island Bay up through the southern section of the Brooklyn Hill to an east–west border next to Wellington Hospital in Newtown. Because Wellington Airport is within Rongotai's boundaries, the constituency also contains the Chatham Islands. It is named after the suburb of Rongotai which is roughly in its centre. Other suburbs included Berhampore, Ōwhiro Bay, Seatoun, and Roseneath.

A revision after 1996 pulled the boundary southwards, moving the suburbs around the Basin Reserve and the Massey University campus into the Wellington Central electorate.[ citation needed ] In the 2002 redistribution, the area covered by the Rongotai electorate did not change. [1] Changes to boundaries were done in the 2007 redistribution, [2] [3] but no further changes were done in the 2013/14 [4] or 2019/20 redistributions. [5]

History

Rongotai was one of the original 65 mixed-member proportional (MMP) representation electorates drawn in 1994 ahead of the 1996 election. It is the successor to the old Island Bay and Miramar electorates, though the areas in these seats in the orbit of the central city were incorporated into a redrawn Wellington Central electorate.

Labour's Annette King was elected and re-elected as the member of parliament for Rongotai at all seven elections from 1996 to 2014. [6] In five out of the seven elections, Labour also won the party vote; the exception being in 1996 when National out-polled Labour by just 68 votes, [7] and in 2014, when National's majority was 852 votes. [8] Chris Finlayson of the National Party opposed King, his distant cousin, since the 2008 election. After the 2014 election, he told his supporters that on current trends, he should be able to win the electorate by 2038. [9]

King announced in March 2017 that she was stepping down from her role as Labour's deputy leader and would retire from politics at the 2017 general election. [10] The electorate of Rongotai was won in the election by Paul Eagle, retaining it for Labour. [11]

During the 2020 general election, Eagle retained Rongotai for Labour based on preliminary results. [12]

Members of Parliament

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

Key

  Labour     ACT     United Future   
  Green     National   
ElectionWinner
1996 election Annette King
1999 election
2002 election
2005 election
2008 election
2011 election
2014 election
2017 election Paul Eagle
2020 election

List MPs

Members of Parliament elected from party lists in elections where that person also unsuccessfully contested the Rongotai electorate. Unless otherwise stated, all MPs terms began and ended at general elections.

ElectionWinner
1999 election Stephen Franks
2002 election Gordon Copeland
2005 election
2008 election Chris Finlayson
Russel Norman
2011 election Chris Finlayson
Russel Norman
2014 election Chris Finlayson
Russel Norman [lower-alpha 1]
2017 election Chris Finlayson [lower-alpha 2]
2020 election Nicole McKee

Election results

2020 election

2020 general election: Rongotai [13]
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 Paul Eagle 25,92657.11+5.3923,87852.31+8.05
Green Teall Crossen6,71914.80-0.1510,76523.58+5.82
National David Patterson6,44714.20−10.866,01313.17−14.84
Opportunities Geoff Simmons 3,3877.46+3.371,2722.79-1.83
ACT Nicole McKee 9652.13+1.861,7953.93+3.59
NZ First Taylor Arneil4721.04-1.048831.93-1.71
New Conservative Bruce Welsh4310.95+0.402320.51-0.37
Integrity Troy Mihaka1620.36
Independent Don Newt McDonald1100.24
Māori  2010.44-0.06
Advance NZ  1840.40
Legalise Cannabis  700.15-0.01
ONE  450.1
Sustainable NZ  270.06
Outdoors  210.04+0.01
Vision NZ  210.04
Social Credit  100.02+0.01
TEA  70.015
Heartland  70.015
Informal votes779259
Total Valid votes45,39845,649
Turnout 45,649??
Labour holdMajority19,20742.31+15.65

2017 election

2017 general election: Rongotai [14]
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 Paul Eagle 21,14651.72+2.2918,32344.26+12.39
National Chris Finlayson 10,24625.06+0.8611,59828.01−6.17
Green Teall Crossen6,11514.95−5.667,35317.76−9.83
Opportunities Paddy Plunket1,6764.091,9154.62
NZ First Geoffrey John Mills8512.08±0.001,5093.642.07
Conservative Bruce Welsh2250.550.96580.141.56
ACT Chris Sole1140.271420.34+0.01
Independent Simon Smythe310.07
Māori  2080.500.14
Legalise Cannabis  700.160.20
United Future  230.050.33
Ban 1080  140.030.02
Outdoors  140.03
Mana  120.021.52 [lower-alpha 3]
Internet  80.011.53 [lower-alpha 4]
People's Party  80.01
Democrats  50.010.01
Informal votes480140
Total Valid votes40,88441,400
Turnout 41,74685.41 [15] +2.66
Labour holdMajority10,90026.66+1.43

2014 election

2014 general election: Rongotai [16]
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 Annette King 18,84049.43−1.0911,75431.87−2.31
National Chris Finlayson 9,22324.20−1.1812,60634.18+1.19
Green Russel Norman 7,85620.61+0.4310,17627.59+3.40
NZ First Brent Pierson7932.08+0.722,0975.71+1.26
Conservative Bruce Welsh5761.51+0.306231.70+0.59
Mana Ariana Paretutanganui-Tamati2250.59+0.59
United Future Sultan Eusoff950.24+0.241430.38−0.21
Independent Don Richards890.23−0.19
Climate Aaron Carter660.17+0.17
Patriotic Revolutionary FrontJohnny Overton480.12+0.12
Internet Mana  5681.54+1.00 [lower-alpha 5]
Māori  2370.64−0.04
Legalise Cannabis  1310.36−0.09
ACT  1200.33−0.32
Civilian  210.06+0.06
Ban 1080  190.05+0.05
Democrats  90.02−0.01
Independent Coalition  70.02+0.02
Focus  30.01+0.01
Informal votes304217
Total Valid votes38,11538,731
Turnout 38,73182.75+2.84
Labour holdMajority9,61725.23+0.09

Electorate (as at 30 April 2016): 48,525 [17]

2011 election

2011 general election: Rongotai [18]
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 Annette King 18,17950.52-1.9312,60634.18-8.51
National Chris Finlayson 9,13225.38-2.9512,16832.99+1.63
Green Russel Norman 7,26220.18+4.348,92024.19+7.22
NZ First Brent Pierson4881.36+1.361,6404.45+1.93
Conservative Bruce Welsh4351.21+1.214091.11+1.11
ACT Joel Latimer1680.47-0.672380.65-1.34
Māori Aroha Rickus1680.47+0.472510.68-0.24
Independent Don Richards1520.42+0.42
United Future  2170.59-0.27
Mana  1980.54+0.54
Legalise Cannabis  1670.45+0.04
Libertarianz  310.08-0.01
Alliance  230.06-0.03
Democrats  110.03+0.02
Informal votes617302
Total Valid votes35,98436,879
Labour holdMajority9,04725.14+1.02

Electorate (as at 26 November 2011): 46,153 [19]

2008 election

2008 general election: Rongotai [20]
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 Annette King 19,61452.4516,26342.69
National Chris Finlayson 10,59428.3311,95031.37
Green Russel Norman 5,92515.846,46416.97
Kiwi Gordon Copeland 5151.381690.44
ACT Michael Bridge4251.147581.99
United Future Karuna Muthu2230.603260.86
Libertarianz Mitch Lees1000.27340.09
NZ First  9602.52
Māori  3510.92
Progressive  2910.76
Bill and Ben  1880.49
Legalise Cannabis  1580.41
Family Party  530.14
Pacific  480.13
Alliance  370.10
Workers Party  330.09
RONZ  60.02
Democrats  40.01
RAM  40.01
Informal votes356167
Total Valid votes37,39638,097
Labour holdMajority9,02021.12


2005 election

2005 general election: Rongotai [21]
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 Annette King 21,37659.38+3.2318,32749.96
National Nicola Young8,73824.27+3.7810,21027.84
Green Luci Highfield2,9218.114,63012.71
United Future Gordon Copeland 1,5812.681,0692.91
Māori Morris Te Whiti Love4991.392320.63
ACT Gavin Middleton4251.183791.03
Progressive Vladimir Bell3330.933941.07
Alliance Jocelyn Brooks1270.35310.08
NZ First  1,1093.02
Destiny  1070.29
Legalise Cannabis  830.23
Christian Heritage  390.11
Libertarianz  200.05
99 MP  180.05
Family Rights  110.03
Democrats  100.03
One NZ  70.02
RONZ  30.01
Direct Democracy  10.00
Informal votes431164
Total Valid votes36,00036,680
Labour holdMajority12,63835.11-0.55

1999 election

Refer to Candidates in the New Zealand general election 1999 by electorate#Rongotai for a list of candidates.

Table footnotes

  1. Norman resigned as a list MP effective 30 October 2015.
  2. Finlayson resigned as a list MP effective 30 January 2019.
  3. 2017 Mana Party swing is relative to the votes for Internet-Mana in 2014; it shared a party list with the Internet Party in the 2014 election
  4. 2017 Internet Party swing is relative to the votes for Internet-Mana in 2014; it shared a party list with Mana Party in the 2014 election
  5. 2014 Internet Mana swing is relative to the votes for Mana in 2011; it shared a party list with Internet in the 2014 election.

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