West Auckland (New Zealand electorate)

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West Auckland is a former New Zealand parliamentary electorate on the western outskirts of Auckland, created for the 1984 election from part of the former Helensville electorate. The electorate was abolished for the 1993 election, and split between Henderson and Waitakere electorates.

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Population centres

The 1981 census had shown that the North Island had experienced further population growth, and three additional general seats were created through the 1983 electoral redistribution, bringing the total number of electorates to 95. [1] The South Island had, for the first time, experienced a population loss, but its number of general electorates was fixed at 25 since the 1967 electoral redistribution. [2] More of the South Island population was moving to Christchurch, and two electorates were abolished, while two electorates were recreated. In the North Island, six electorates were newly created (including West Auckland), three electorates were recreated, and six electorates were abolished. [3]

In 1984 the electorate included Kumeu, Hobsonville, Henderson, Rānui and Waitakere; [4] much of the area had previously been in the southern part of the Helensville electorate. [5] In 1987 it was moved to the south, losing Hobsonville and much of Kumeu while gaining Titirangi and Piha.

History

Jack Elder of the Labour Party was elected in 1984 as West Auckland electorate's representative; [6] he had in the previous two elections stood unsuccessfully in the Helensville electorate. [7] When the West Auckland electorate was abolished in 1993, Elder successfully stood in the Henderson electorate.

Members of Parliament

Key

  Labour   

ElectionWinner
1984 election Jack Elder
1987 election
1990 election
Electorate abolished in 1993 (see Henderson)

Election results

1990 election

1990 general election: West Auckland [8]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Jack Elder 6,949 39.35 -8.00
National Laurie Wicks6,69737.92
Green Carolynne Anne Stone1,82110.31
NewLabour Paul Whinray9805.54
Independent Tim Shadbolt 5413.06
Independent National Patrick Joseph Fallon3111.76
Democrats Rodney Wilson2231.26
McGillicuddy Serious John Errol Way890.50
Independent John David Howard480.27
Majority2521.42-12.90
Turnout 17,65980.44-3.72
Registered electors 21,952

1987 election

1987 general election: West Auckland [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Jack Elder 9,404 47.35 +0.99
National Ben Couch 6,56033.03
Democrats G C James5902.97
NZ Party G A Philips1010.50
Independent R R Wahrlrich590.29
Majority2,84414.32+3.93
Turnout 16,71484.16-8.10
Registered electors 19,858

1984 election

1984 general election: West Auckland [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Jack Elder 10,369 48.34
National Dail Jones 8,14037.95
NZ Party Ashok Patel1,9018.86
Social Credit M G Webber9654.49
Independent S I Clews520.24
Mana Motuhake N Te Hira210.09
Majority2,22910.39
Turnout 21,44892.26
Registered electors 23,247

Notes

  1. McRobie 1989, pp. 123f.
  2. McRobie 1989, pp. 111, 123.
  3. McRobie 1989, pp. 119–124.
  4. McRobie 1989, p. 123.
  5. McRobie 1989, pp. 119, 123.
  6. Wilson 1985, p. 194.
  7. Norton 1988, p. 242.
  8. Part 1: Votes recorded at each polling place (Technical report). New Zealand Chief Electoral Office. 1990.
  9. 1 2 Norton 1988, pp. 388.

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