Upper Harbour (New Zealand electorate)

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Electorate boundaries for the Upper Harbour electorate, which was first formed for the 2014 election Upper Harbour electorate, 2014.svg
Electorate boundaries for the Upper Harbour electorate, which was first formed for the 2014 election

Upper Harbour is a parliamentary electorate in Auckland that returns one member to the New Zealand House of Representatives. It was first formed for the 2014 election and was won by National's Paula Bennett.

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Population centres

Upper Harbour covers an area astride upper, north-western reaches of Waitematā Harbour. It stretches from Massey, in West Auckland, through West Harbour and Hobsonville, and across to Greenhithe and on to Glenfield and Unsworth Heights on the North Shore. [1]

History

Upper Harbour 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 Upper Harbour and Kelston. [2]

When the draft changes to electorate boundaries were first announced, the incumbent of the Waitakere electorate, Paula Bennett, was quick to announce that she would stand in Upper Harbour instead. This was to prevent Colin Craig of the Conservative Party making a claim for the electorate, as at the time, there was speculation whether the National Party would make a deal with the Conservatives for a safe seat in line with the agreement with ACT New Zealand in the Epsom electorate. [3] Bennett won the 2014 election with a majority of nearly 10,000 votes of Labour's Hermann Retzlaff. [4]

Members of Parliament

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

Key  National   

ElectionWinner
2014 election Paula Bennett
2017 election

As of 2014 no candidates that have contested the Upper Harbour electorate have been returned as list MPs.

Election results

2017 election

2017 general election: Upper Harbour [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%±%
National Green check.svgY Paula Bennett 19,85719,72254.0
Labour Jin An10,30111,79332.3
Green James Goodhue2,6881,484
NZ First Jane Johnston2,1922,092
ACT Bruce Haycock358246
Opportunities  597
Conservative  144
Māori  112
Legalise Cannabis  88
People's Party  25
Mana  24
United Future  21
Internet  14
Outdoors  11
Ban 1080  9
Democrats  6
Informal votes429114
Total Valid votes35,82536,502
National holdMajority9,556

2014 election

2014 general election: Upper Harbour [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 Paula Bennett 18,31555.9520,85354.25
Labour Hermann Retzlaff8,62326.344,96523.36
Green Nicholas Mayne2,6198.002,3296.97
Conservative Callum Blair1,8395.611,6134.82
ACT Stephen Berry5491.674501.34
Māori Hinurewa Te Hau2460.751190.35
Mana Party Makelesi Ngata2040.62
NZ First  2,3116.91
Internet Mana  4320.85
Legalise Cannabis  1290.38
United Future  690.20
Civilian  140.04
Ban 1080  130.03
Independent Coalition  70.02
Focus  40.01
Democrats  40.01
Informal votes338130
Total Valid votes32,73333,403
Turnout 33,42073.42 [6]
National win new seatMajority9,69229.61

References

  1. McQuillan, Laura; Marwick, Felix (21 November 2013). "Sweeping changes to electorates". Newstalk ZB . Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  2. 1 2 "New electorate boundaries finalised". Electoral Commission. 2014. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  3. Small, Vernon (22 November 2013). "Bennett won't make way for Craig". The Dominion Post . Fairfax New Zealand. Archived from the original on 9 June 2014. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  4. 1 2 "Official Count Results – Upper Harbour". Electoral Commission. 4 October 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  5. "Official Count Results -- Upper Harbour". Wellington: New Zealand Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  6. "2014 General Election Voter Turnout Statistics – Upper Harbour". Electoral Commission. 21 January 2016. Retrieved 21 January 2016.