West Coast-Tasman

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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.

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Population centres

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. [1] The electorate was not changed in the 2013/14 review. [2] Brightwater was added from Nelson at the 2020 redistribution. [3]

The electorate includes the following population centres:

History

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. [4] 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. [5] In contrast to the overall trend, he regained the electorate in the 2011 election. [6]

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. [7] [8] 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, [9] [10] but when the final results were released two weeks later, National had lost one list seat and Pugh did not get returned to Parliament. [11]

Members of Parliament

West Coast-Tasman has been represented by two electorate MPs so far:

Key

  Labour     National     Green   

ElectionWinner
1996 election Damien O'Connor
1999 election
2002 election
2005 election
2008 election Chris Auchinvole
2011 election Damien O'Connor
2014 election
2017 election

List MPs

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.

ElectionWinner
2005 election Chris Auchinvole
2008 election Kevin Hague
2009 Damien O'Connor 1
2011 election Chris Auchinvole
Kevin Hague
2014 election Kevin Hague
2016 Maureen Pugh 2
2018 Maureen Pugh 3

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.

Election results

2017 election

2017 general election: West Coast-Tasman [12]
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%±%
Labour Green check.svgY Damien O'Connor 18,48849.54+2.7414,01537.0+13.60
National Maureen Pugh [lower-alpha 1] 12,89534.55−0.8115,12239.9−4.45
Green Kate Fulton2,2305.98−0.693,1178.26−4.66
NZ First Jackie Farrelly1,7874.793,5369.37+0.61
Ban 1080 Pete Salter1,4703.94−2.543590.95−0.66
ACT Zeb Markland1540.411370.36+0.10
Independent Steven Wilkinson1370.37−0.27
GOdsownNZ Claire Holley720.19−2.69 [lower-alpha 2]
Money Free Liam Anderson500.13
Democrats Jack Collin380.10210.06−0.01
Opportunities  9822.60
Legalise Cannabis  1730.46−0.12
Conservative  970.26−4.84
Māori  730.19−0.09
Outdoors  360.10
United Future  260.07−0.13
People's Party  180.05
Mana  100.03−0.72 [lower-alpha 3]
Internet  20.01−0.74 [lower-alpha 4]
Informal votes302149
Total Valid votes37,32137,724
Turnout 37,873
Labour holdMajority5,59314.99+3.55

2014 election

2014 general election: West Coast-Tasman [13]
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%±%
Labour Green check.svgY Damien O'Connor 16,74746.80-0.718,43823.40-3.85
National Maureen Pugh 12,65335.36-4.4916,05844.54-1.25
Green Kevin Hague 2,3856.67+0.234,65812.92-1.26
Ban 1080 Pete Salter2,3186.48+6.489422.61+2.61
Conservative Claire Holley1,0312.88+1.001,8375.10+1.92
Independent Steven Wilkinson2280.64-0.72 [lower-alpha 5]
Money Free Laurence Bloomert500.14+0.14
NZ First  3,1238.66+2.94
Internet Mana  2710.75+0.48
Legalise Cannabis  2100.58-0.16
Māori  1020.28-0.15
ACT  940.26-0.56
United Future  710.20-1.19
Democrats  250.07-0.03
Independent Coalition  140.04+0.04
Civilian  110.03+0.03
Focus  70.02+0.02
Informal votes373192
Total Valid votes35,78536,053
Labour holdMajority4,09411.44+3.78

2011 election

2011 general election: West Coast-Tasman [14]
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%±%
Labour Damien O'Connor 15,75347.51+3.859,20027.25-6.22
National Red x.svgN Chris Auchinvole 13,21439.85-6.6615,46245.79+1.72
Green Kevin Hague 2,1236.40+0.234,78714.18+3.32
Conservative Claire Holley6231.88+1.881,0753.18+3.18
ACT Allan Birchfield4871.47+1.472780.82-1.34
United Future Clyde Graf4541.37+0.634681.39+0.23
Legalise Cannabis Steven Wilkinson4501.36-0.472490.74+0.14
YouthRobert Terry520.16+0.01
NZ First  1,9315.72+1.91
Māori  1450.43-0.20
Mana  910.27+0.27
Democrats  330.10-0.01
Libertarianz  310.09+0.03
Alliance  160.05-0.04
Informal votes628288
Total Valid votes33,15633,766
Labour gain from National Majority2,5397.66+10.51

Electorate (as at 26 November 2011): 44,556 [15]

2008 election

2008 general election: West Coast-Tasman [16]
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 Chris Auchinvole 15,84446.51+5.5915,18744.07
Labour Red x.svgN Damien O'Connor 14,87343.66-4.0311,53233.46
Green Kevin Hague 2,1026.17+1.383,74010.85
Legalise Cannabis Steven Wilkinson6231.83+0.212060.60
McGillicuddy Serious Steve Richards2590.76
United Future Jocelyn Smith2520.74-1.333981.15
NZ Representative PartyReg Turner620.18
Aotearoa NZ Youth PartyRobert Terry500.15
NZ First  1,3133.81
ACT  7442.16
Kiwi  3491.01
Progressive  2920.85
Bill and Ben  2430.71
Māori  2160.63
Family Party  1220.35
Democrats  370.11
Alliance  290.08
Libertarianz  200.06
Workers Party  140.04
Pacific  100.03
RAM  50.01
RONZ  30.01
Informal votes366223
Total Valid votes34,06534,460
National gain from Labour Majority9712.85

2005 election

2005 general election: West Coast-Tasman [17]
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%±%
Labour Green check.svgY Damien O'Connor 15,17847.69-6.1412,01237.22
National Chris Auchinvole 13,02440.93+13.0512,77639.59
Green Richard Davies1,5264.802,9139.03
United Future Milton Osborne6582.079773.03
Legalise Cannabis Steve Wilkinson5151.621740.54
Progressive Lew Holland3581.125581.73
Christian Heritage Derek Blight3140.991310.41
ACT Kevin Gill2510.793481.08
NZ First  2,0296.29
Māori  1180.37
Destiny  1110.34
Democrats  300.09
Libertarianz  210.07
Alliance  200.06
Family Rights  120.04
One NZ  110.03
99 MP  100.03
Direct Democracy  100.03
RONZ  100.03
Informal votes354131
Total Valid votes31,82432,271
Labour holdMajority2,1546.77-19.18

1999 election

Refer to Candidates in the New Zealand general election 1999 by electorate#West Coast-Tasman for a list of candidates.

Table footnotes

  1. Maureen Pugh's list position of 44 meant she became elected after Bill English resigned in February 2018. She assumed office in early 2018.
  2. Claire Holley contested the electorate in 2014 as a candidate for the Conservative Party
  3. 2017 Mana Party swing is relative to the votes for Internet-Mana in 2014; it shared a party list with the Internet Party in the 2014 election
  4. 2017 Internet Party swing is relative to the votes for Internet-Mana in 2014; it shared a party list with Mana Party in the 2014 election
  5. Steven Wilkinson contested the electorate in 2011 as a candidate for the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party

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