Waiariki is a New Zealand parliamentary Māori electorate that was first established for the 1999 election. Since the 2017 election, it has been held by former broadcaster Tamati Coffey after he defeated Te Ururoa Flavell.
In New Zealand politics, Māori electorates, colloquially known as the Māori seats, are a special category of electorate that gives reserved positions to representatives of Māori in the New Zealand Parliament. Every area in New Zealand is covered by both a general and a Māori electorate; there are currently seven Māori electorates. Since 1967 candidates in Māori electorates have not needed to be Māori themselves, but to register as a voter in the Māori electorates people need to declare they are of Māori descent.
The 1999 New Zealand general election was held on 27 November 1999 to determine the composition of the 46th New Zealand Parliament. The governing National Party, led by Prime Minister Jenny Shipley, was defeated, being replaced by a coalition of Helen Clark's Labour Party and the smaller Alliance. This marked an end to nine years of National Party government, and the beginning of the Fifth Labour Government of New Zealand which would govern for 9 years, until its loss to the National Party in the 2008 general election.
The 2017 New Zealand general election took place on Saturday 23 September 2017 to determine the membership of the 52nd New Zealand Parliament. The previous parliament was elected on 20 September 2014 and was officially dissolved on 22 August 2017. Voters elected 120 members to the House of Representatives under New Zealand's mixed-member proportional (MMP) voting system, a proportional representation system in which 71 members were elected from single-member electorates and 49 members were elected from closed party lists. Around 3.57 million people were registered to vote in the election, with 2.63 million (79.8%) turning out. Advance voting proved popular, with 1.24 million votes cast before election day, more than the previous two elections combined.
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:
Ngāti Ranginui is a Māori iwi (tribe) in Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. Its rohe extends from Waihi in the north, to the Kaimai Range in the west, to south of Te Puke in the south, and to Tauranga in the east. The rohe does not extend offshore to Matakana Island or Mayor Island / Tuhua.
Ngāi Te Rangi or Ngāiterangi is a Māori iwi, based in Tauranga, New Zealand. Its rohe extends to Mayor Island / Tuhua and Bowentown in the north, to the Kaimai Range in the west, south of Te Puke and to Maketu in the east.
Te Arawa is a confederation of Māori iwi and hapu based in the Rotorua and Bay of Plenty areas of New Zealand, with a population of around 40,000 who trace their ancestry to Te Arawa waka or canoe.
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.
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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.
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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.
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Te Ururoa James William Ben Flavell, also known as Hemi Flavell, is a New Zealand politician who has been a co-leader of the Māori Party since 2013 and represented the Waiariki electorate for the party in Parliament from 2005-2017.
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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.
|1999 election||Mita Ririnui|
|2005 election||Te Ururoa Flavell|
|2017 election||Tamati Coffey|
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|
|2017 general election: Waiariki|
Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
|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.
|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|
Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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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