Southland (New Zealand electorate)

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Southland is an electorate to the New Zealand House of Representatives. It was first created for the 2020 New Zealand general election.


Population centres

Despite its name, the electorate straddles the border between the Southland and Otago regions. It is one of New Zealand's largest electorates and is predominantly rural in nature. The electorate includes Gore, Winton, Mataura, Alexandra, Arrowtown, Queenstown and Te Anau (among others), and much of Fiordland National Park. [1]


The Southland electorate emerged at the 2020 redistribution after the Clutha region moved out of the former electorate of Clutha-Southland. It comprised the bulk of Clutha-Southland, plus another area around Alexandra that had been moved in from Waitaki. The Representation Commission initially proposed to move Winton and The Catlins into Invercargill, but after a public consultation process these areas remained in Southland, which instead shed a large area in West Southland around Tuatapere. [2] [3]

Members of Parliament

Key  National   

2020 election Joseph Mooney

Election results

2020 election

2020 general election: Southland [4]

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%±%
National Joseph Mooney 19,99551.6014,24436.07
Labour Jon Mitchell14,33036.9815,34138.85
Green David Kennedy21275.4920855.14
Opportunities Joel Rowlands8802.276161.56
New Conservative Fiona Meyer6641.715881.49
Advance NZ Robert Wilson5081.313730.94
Social Credit Elisabeth Dacker1390.36390.1
ONE Judith Terrill1300.34780.2
ACT  501612.70
NZ First  7942.01
Legalise Cannabis  1510.38
Māori  600.15
Outdoors  560.14
Sustainable NZ  250.06
Heartland  80.02
Vision NZ  70.02
TEA  60.02
Informal votes679164
Total Valid votes39,43239,651
Turnout 3965186.5
National win new seatMajority564514.62

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