Taranaki-King Country

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Taranaki-King Country is a New Zealand parliamentary electorate, returning one Member of Parliament to the New Zealand House of Representatives. The current MP for Taranaki-King Country is Barbara Kuriger of the National Party. She has held this position since the 2014 General Election.

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Population centres

Taranaki-King Country stretches down the western coast of the North Island, starting at the outskirts of Hamilton, through to the King Country towns of Te Awamutu, Otorohanga and Te Kuiti, and ending in the northern Taranaki region, to take in the northern section of the New Plymouth urban area and all of Stratford District. From 2008, it has included the town of Raglan.

The boundaries have gradually been expanded as the population has fallen, relative to the overall population of the country. At the 2013 revision the proposed boundaries received the third highest number (25) of objections in the country. [1] After the 2013 revision the constituency covered parts of 3 regional councils and 7 district councils (Waikato District, Waipa District, Otorohanga District, Waitomo District, New Plymouth District, Stratford District, Ruapehu District), including Hamilton Airport.

History

The seat was created ahead of the introduction of mixed-member proportional voting in 1996 from most of the old King Country seat with parts of Taranaki, Waitotara in the south and Waipa in the area around Hamilton. All these seats were safe National seats covering rural areas traditionally loyal to the National Party, the new seat remained faithful to old allegiances in the face of a large swing to New Zealand First in the central North Island at the 1996 election. The first MP for Taranaki-King Country was the then Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jim Bolger.

Having been ousted from the leadership of his party, Bolger accepted the role of Ambassador to the United States in the middle of 1998, and triggered the 1998 by-election. Despite a large swing to ACT Party candidate Owen Jennings, Bolger's chosen successor Shane Ardern won a narrow victory on a heavily reduced turnout. Since the 1998 byelection, Taranaki-King Country has reverted to form, giving Ardern two out of every three votes cast in 2005, 2008 and 2011.

Members of Parliament

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

Key

  National     Alliance     Labour   

ElectionWinner
1996 election Jim Bolger
1998 by-election Shane Ardern
1999 election
2002 election
2005 election
2008 election
2011 election
2014 election Barbara Kuriger
2017 election

List MPs

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

ElectionWinner
1999 election Kevin Campbell
2005 election Maryan Street

Election results

2017 election

2017 general election: Taranaki-King Country [2]
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%±%
National Green check.svgY Barbara Kuriger 23,85465.31-2.8621,46657.9-3.56
Labour Hilary Humphrey8,59523.53+6.578,82323.810.45
Green Robert Moore2,9007.94-1.51,6434.43-2.78
Conservative Allan Thomson5681.55-2.791180.32-5.36
NZ First  3,3308.98-0.5
Opportunities  8152.2
ACT  2310.62+0.26
Māori  1940.52-0.03
Legalise Cannabis  1200.32-0.17
Ban 1080  970.26-0.2
Outdoors  370.10
United Future  370.10-0.15
People's Party  310.09
Democrats  130.04-0.02
Mana  90.02-0.55 [lower-alpha 1]
Internet  70.02-0.55 [lower-alpha 2]
Informal votes606124
Total Valid votes36,52337,095
National holdMajority15,25941.78-9.43

2014 election

2014 general election: Taranaki-King Country [3]
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%±%
National Barbara Kuriger 22,32868.17-1.4820,63761.46+1.02
Labour Penny Gaylor5,55516.96+2.264,48313.35-2.60
Green Robert Moore3,0919.44+0.022,4227.21-1.02
Conservative Edward Aish1,4204.34+4.341,9075.68+1.88
Internet Grant Keinzley2090.64+0.64
Democrats David Espin1520.46+0.46200.06-0.02
NZ First  3,1829.48+2.22
Internet Mana  1910.57+0.30
Māori  1850.55-0.12
Legalise Cannabis  1630.49-0.08
Ban 1080  1560.46+0.46
ACT  1200.36-1.13
United Future  850.25-0.85
Civilian  110.03+0.03
Independent Coalition  90.03+0.03
Focus  80.02+0.02
Informal votes46399
Total Valid votes33,21833,678
National holdMajority16,77351.21+0.78

2011 election

2011 general election: Taranaki-King Country [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%±%
National Green check.svgY Shane Ardern 20,84269.65+0.9718,75960.44+0.90
Labour Rick Barker 5,75319.22-0.334,95015.95-5.24
Green Robert Moore2,8199.42+1.012,5548.23+3.25
United Future Victoria Rogers5111.71+1.713401.10+0.30
NZ First  2,2527.26+2.76
Conservative  1,1803.80+3.80
ACT  4611.49-3.57
Māori  2090.67-0.34
Legalise Cannabis  1810.58+0.23
Mana  830.27+0.27
Democrats  250.08-0.17
Alliance  240.08-0.01
Libertarianz  200.06+0.01
Informal votes1,046251
Total Valid votes29,92531,038
National holdMajority15,08950.42+1.30

Electorate (as at 11 November 2011): 41,152 [5]

2008 election

2008 general election: Taranaki-King Country [6]
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%±%
National Green check.svgY Shane Ardern 21,83468.6719,23259.54
Labour Renée van de Weert6,21619.556,84421.19
Green Rob Hamill 2,6758.411,6074.97
ACT William Izard7672.411,6345.06
Democrats Iain Parker3020.95820.25
NZ First  1,4514.49
Māori  3271.01
United Future  2580.80
Bill and Ben  2440.76
Progressive  1920.59
Kiwi  1510.47
Legalise Cannabis  1140.35
Family Party  960.30
Alliance  280.09
Libertarianz  160.05
Workers Party  130.04
Pacific  90.03
RONZ  30.01
RAM  10.00
Informal votes391153
Total Valid votes31,79432,302
National holdMajority15,61849.12

2005 election


2005 general election: Taranaki-King Country [7]
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%±%
National Green check.svgY Shane Ardern 20,86767.62+16.4317,76056.42
Labour Maryan Street 7,74925.11+0.167,88625.05
United Future Anne Copeland5681.846382.03
ACT Richard Steele5471.776592.09
Progressive William Smith5101.652560.81
Destiny Tony Harrison4251.382790.89
Christian Heritage Mark Jones1950.63700.22
NZ First  2,5388.06
Green  9903.15
Māori  1910.61
Legalise Cannabis  890.28
Democrats  350.11
Libertarianz  200.06
Alliance  150.05
One NZ  130.04
Direct Democracy  120.04
99 MP  100.03
Family Rights  80.03
RONZ  80.03
Informal votes411139
Total Valid votes30,86131,477
National holdMajority13,11842.51+16.27

1999 election

Refer to Candidates in the New Zealand general election 1999 by electorate#Taranaki-King Country for a list of candidates.

1998 by-election

1998 Taranaki-King Country by-election
PartyCandidateVotes%±
National Shane Ardern 5,953 29.43
ACT Owen Jennings 4,96524.55
Labour Max Purnell3,54617.53
Alliance Kevin Campbell 3,20815.46
Christian Heritage Ewen McQueen 5612.77
NZ First Robin Ord5602.77
Green Cindy McDonald5032.49
Legalise Cannabis Michael Appleby 3931.94
United NZ Pauline Gardiner 1270.63
Independent Doug Wilson1270.63
McGillicuddy Serious Paul Cooke760.38
Independent Brett Power560.28
Animals First Alistair McKellow490.24
Independent Greg Walker320.16
Social Credit Avon James Harris170.08
Natural Law Tony Martin170.08
Independent Victor Bryers150.07
Youth Independence Robert Terry100.05
Mana Wahine Mary Gilmore70.03
Progressive PartyRalph Dell30.01
Majority9844.87
Turnout 20,225
National hold Swing -32.51

Notes

  1. 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
  2. 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

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References

  1. Objections to Proposed Electoral Districts
  2. "Official Count Results – Taranaki-King Country". Wellington: New Zealand Electoral Commission. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  3. 2014 election results
  4. 2011 election results
  5. "Enrolment statistics". Electoral Commission. 11 November 2011. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
  6. 2008 election results
  7. 2005 election results