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.
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. Changes to boundaries were done in the 2007 redistribution, but no further changes were done in the 2013/14 or 2019/20 redistributions.
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.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, and in 2014, when National's majority was 852 votes. 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.
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.The electorate of Rongotai was won in the election by Paul Eagle, retaining it for Labour.
During the 2020 general election, Eagle retained Rongotai for Labour based on preliminary results.
Unless otherwise stated, all MPs terms began and ended at general elections.
|1996 election||Annette King|
|2017 election||Paul Eagle|
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.
|1999 election||Stephen Franks|
|2002 election||Gordon Copeland|
|2008 election||Chris Finlayson|
|2011 election||Chris Finlayson|
|2014 election||Chris Finlayson|
|2017 election||Chris Finlayson|
|2020 election||Nicole McKee|
|2020 general election: Rongotai|
Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
|NZ First||Taylor Arneil||472||1.04||-1.04||883||1.93||-1.71|
|New Conservative||Bruce Welsh||431||0.95||+0.40||232||0.51||-0.37|
|Independent||Don Newt McDonald||110||0.24||—|
|Total Valid votes||45,398||45,649|
|2017 general election: Rongotai|
Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
|NZ First||Geoffrey John Mills||851||2.08||±0.00||1,509||3.64||−2.07|
|Total Valid votes||40,884||41,400|
|2014 general election: Rongotai|
Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
|NZ First||Brent Pierson||793||2.08||+0.72||2,097||5.71||+1.26|
|United Future||Sultan Eusoff||95||0.24||+0.24||143||0.38||−0.21|
|Patriotic Revolutionary Front||Johnny Overton||48||0.12||+0.12|
|Total Valid votes||38,115||38,731|
Electorate (as at 30 April 2016): 48,525
|2011 general election: Rongotai|
|NZ First||Brent Pierson||488||1.36||+1.36||1,640||4.45||+1.93|
|Total Valid votes||35,984||36,879|
Electorate (as at 26 November 2011): 46,153
|2008 general election: Rongotai|
|United Future||Karuna Muthu||223||0.60||326||0.86|
|Bill and Ben||188||0.49|
|Total Valid votes||37,396||38,097|
|2005 general election: Rongotai|
|United Future||Gordon Copeland||1,581||2.68||1,069||2.91|
|Māori||Morris Te Whiti Love||499||1.39||232||0.63|
|Total Valid votes||36,000||36,680|
Refer to Candidates in the New Zealand general election 1999 by electorate#Rongotai for a list of candidates.
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