West Coast-Tasman is a New Zealand parliamentary electorate. Since its formation for the 1996 election, it has been held by Damien O'Connor of the Labour Party apart from one parliamentary term, when National's Chris Auchinvole was the representative from 2008 to 2011.
West Coast-Tasman is the second-largest general electorate in New Zealand, behind Southland. It is one of the longest. The Representation Commission last adjusted the boundaries in the 2007 review, which first applied at the 2008 election, when the northern boundary moved closer to Nelson, and Wakefield, Foxhill and Belgrove were added.The electorate was not changed in the 2013/14 review. Brightwater was added from Nelson at the 2020 redistribution.
The electorate includes the following population centres:
The electorate was formed in 1996 for the mixed-member proportional (MMP) voting system by combining the former Tasman and West Coast electorates.
Damien O'Connor was the first representative and he held the electorate until the 2008 general election, when he was beaten by National candidate Chris Auchinvole, who had previously been a list MP. Auchinvole's majority was 971.His position on the Labour Party list meant that O'Connor couldn't return to Parliament immediately. When the list MP Michael Cullen retired in May 2009, O'Connor regained his position as Member of the House of Representatives because he was the highest-ranked candidate on the list not already an MP. In contrast to the overall trend, he regained the electorate in the 2011 election.
Auchinvole retired from politics at the end of the 2011–2014 parliamentary term, and former Mayor of Westland District, Maureen Pugh, gained the nomination for the National Party.O'Connor was once again successful. Based on preliminary results for the 2014 election, Pugh was the lowest-ranked National Party list member who was returned to Parliament, but when the final results were released two weeks later, National had lost one list seat and Pugh did not get returned to Parliament.
West Coast-Tasman has been represented by two electorate MPs so far:
Labour National Green
|1996 election||Damien O'Connor|
|2008 election||Chris Auchinvole|
|2011 election||Damien O'Connor|
Members of Parliament elected from party lists in elections where that person also unsuccessfully contested the West Coast-Tasman electorate. Unless otherwise stated, all MPs terms began and ended at general elections.
|1996 election||Owen Jennings|
|2005 election||Chris Auchinvole|
|2008 election||Kevin Hague|
|2009||Damien O'Connor 1|
|2011 election||Chris Auchinvole|
|2014 election||Kevin Hague|
|2016||Maureen Pugh 2|
|2020 election||Maureen Pugh|
1In the 2008 election Damien O'Connor's list position of 37 meant he was not returned until Michael Cullen resigned in May 2009.
2Maureen Pugh's list position of 52 meant she became elected after Tim Groser resigned in December 2015. She assumed office in early 2016 and was not returned to Parliament at the 2017 election, until the resignation of Bill English.
3Maureen Pugh's list position of 44 meant she became elected after Bill English resigned in February 2018. She assumed office in early 2018.
|2020 general election: West Coast-Tasman|
Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
|ACT||William Stuart Gardner||1,454||3.34||+2.93||4,237||9.71||+9.35|
|Advance NZ||Anne Fitzsimon||717||1.65||-||747||1.71||-|
|NZ First||Jackie Farrelly||685||1.57||-3.22||1,281||2.94||-6.43|
|Social Credit||Jack Collin||141||0.32||+0.22||78||0.17||+0.11|
|Total Valid votes||43,423||43,635|
|2017 general election: West Coast-Tasman|
Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
|NZ First||Jackie Farrelly||1,787||4.79||—||3,536||9.37||+0.61|
|Ban 1080||Pete Salter||1,470||3.94||−2.54||359||0.95||−0.66|
|Money Free||Liam Anderson||50||0.13||—|
|Total Valid votes||37,321||37,724|
|2014 general election: West Coast-Tasman|
Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
|Ban 1080||Pete Salter||2,318||6.48||+6.48||942||2.61||+2.61|
|Money Free||Laurence Bloomert||50||0.14||+0.14|
|Total Valid votes||35,785||36,053|
|2011 general election: West Coast-Tasman|
|United Future||Clyde Graf||454||1.37||+0.63||468||1.39||+0.23|
|Legalise Cannabis||Steven Wilkinson||450||1.36||-0.47||249||0.74||+0.14|
|Total Valid votes||33,156||33,766|
|Labour gain from National||Majority||2,539||7.66||+10.51|
Electorate (as at 26 November 2011): 44,556
|2008 general election: West Coast-Tasman|
|Legalise Cannabis||Steven Wilkinson||623||1.83||+0.21||206||0.60|
|McGillicuddy Serious||Steve Richards||259||0.76|
|United Future||Jocelyn Smith||252||0.74||-1.33||398||1.15|
|NZ Representative Party||Reg Turner||62||0.18|
|Aotearoa NZ Youth Party||Robert Terry||50||0.15|
|Bill and Ben||243||0.71|
|Total Valid votes||34,065||34,460|
|National gain from Labour||Majority||971||2.85|
|2005 general election: West Coast-Tasman|
|United Future||Milton Osborne||658||2.07||977||3.03|
|Legalise Cannabis||Steve Wilkinson||515||1.62||174||0.54|
|Christian Heritage||Derek Blight||314||0.99||131||0.41|
|Total Valid votes||31,824||32,271|
Refer to Candidates in the New Zealand general election 1999 by electorate#West Coast-Tasman for a list of candidates.
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