Waiariki is a New Zealand parliamentary Māori electorate that was first established for the 1999 election. Since the 2020 general election, it has been held by Māori Party MP Rawiri Waititi. Waiariki was an important electorate in the 2020 election as Waititi's win there allowed the Māori Party to re-enter Parliament and have two MPs despite not reaching 5% of the party vote.
The electorate includes the following population centres:
In the 2013/14 redistribution, a minor boundary adjustment was undertaken. A small area, including the village of Tuia, was transferred to Waiariki from the Ikaroa-Rāwhiti electorate.
The electorate includes the following tribal areas:
The electorate was created for the 1999 election. The first representative was Mita Ririnui of the Labour Party, with Tuariki Delamere (Te Tawharau) coming second, Arapeta Tahana (Alliance) coming third and Kahukore Baker (New Zealand First) coming fourth.
In the 2002 election, Ririnui was confirmed with 61.93% of the electorate vote. Rihi Vercoe and Hamuera Mitchell of Mana Māori and the National Party came second and third, respectively.
In the 2005 election, Ririnui was beaten by Te Ururoa Flavell of the Māori Party. Hawea Vercoe of Destiny New Zealand came a distant third.The 2008 election was contested by two contenders: the incumbent and Ririnui. Flavell was once again confirmed.
The 2011 election was contested by three contenders: Flavell, Annette Sykes of the Mana Party and Louis Te Kani of the Labour Party. Flavell had a comfortable lead over Sykes, with Te Kani coming third.In the 2014 election, Flavell gained a much increased majority.
Labour's Tāmati Coffey beat Flavell in 2017. This left the Māori Party without any electorate seats, and consequently, no parliamentary representation as they had not reached the 5% party vote threshold required to enter Parliament without winning an electorate.The Māori Party's Rawiri Waititi won the electorate back at the 2020 election, which allowed the Māori Party to have two MPs.
|1999 election||Mita Ririnui|
|2005 election||Te Ururoa Flavell|
|2017 election||Tāmati Coffey|
|2020 election||Rawiri Waititi|
Members of Parliament elected from party lists in elections where that person also unsuccessfully contested the Waiariki electorate. Unless otherwise stated, all MPs terms began and ended at general elections.
|2005 election||Mita Ririnui|
|2020 election||Tāmati Coffey|
Note that these are preliminary results.
|2020 general election: Waiariki|
Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
|Labour||N Tāmati Coffey||9,058||43.57||-10.17||12,711||60.98||+2.03|
|Vision NZ||Hannah Tamaki||838||4.03||—||409||1.96||—|
|Advance NZ||Ema Williams||528||2.54||—||522||2.50||—|
|New Conservative||Riki Wayne Broughton||153||0.74||—||86||0.41||+0.35|
|Total Valid votes||20,788||20,846|
|Māori gain from Labour||Majority||415||2.00||-5.47|
|2017 general election: Waiariki|
Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
|Māori||N Te Ururoa Flavell||10,643||46.26||+1.61||4,730||19.71||-2.08|
|Total Valid votes||23,005||23,995|
|Labour gain from Māori||Majority||1,719||7.47||-12.98|
|2014 general election: Waiariki|
Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
|Māori||Te Ururoa Flavell||9,726||44.62||+1.57||4,880||21.79||+0.58|
|Independent Coalition||Pat Spellman||301||1.38||+1.38||41||0.18||+0.18|
|Total Valid votes||21,797||22,398|
|2011 general election: Waiariki|
|Māori||Te Ururoa Flavell||7,651||43.05||-25.12||3,989||21.21||-14.05|
|Labour||Louis Te Kani||4,355||24.50||-7.33||6,591||35.05||-10.52|
|Total Valid votes||17,774||18,807|
Electorate (as at 26 November 2011): 33,240
|2008 general election: Waiariki|
|Māori||Te Ururoa Flavell||12,781||68.17||+13.59||6,890||35.26||+4.47|
|Bill and Ben||47||0.24||+0.24|
|Total Valid votes||18,750||19,539|
|2005 general election: Waiariki|
|Māori||Te Ururoa Flavell||10,392||54.58||6,104||30.79|
|Labour||N Mita Ririnui||7,521||39.50||-22.43||10,530||53.11||+0.18|
|Total Valid votes||19,039||19,827|
|Māori gain from Labour||Majority||2,871||15.08|
|2002 general election: Waiariki|
|Mana Māori||Rihi Vercoe||2,644||17.49||947||6.02||-2.41|
|United Future||Huikakahu Kawe||852||5.64||+3.99||429||2.73||+1.541|
|Christian Heritage||Judith Francis||361||2.39||199||1.27||+0.38|
|Total Valid votes||15,116||15,723|
1 United Future swing is compared to 1999 results from both United NZ and Future NZ combined, as the two merged in 2000.
|1999 general election: Waiariki|
|Te Tawharau||N Tuariki Delamere||3,484||20.01|
|NZ First||Kahukore Baker||2,139||12.29||2,676||15.20|
|Mana Wahine||Alamein Kopu||296||1.70|
|Mauri Pacific||Te Orohi Paul||292||1.68||302||1.73|
|Future NZ||Toa Faulkner||288||1.65||202||1.16|
|Freedom Movement||Helen Wepiha-Tai||204||1.17||41||0.24|
|Total Valid votes||17,409||17,607|
|Labour win new seat||Majority||4,369||25.10|
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