Wigram is a New Zealand parliamentary electorate, returning one Member of Parliament to the New Zealand House of Representatives. The current MP for Wigram is Megan Woods of the Labour Party. She took over this position from Jim Anderton, who had held this position from 1996 until 2011.
Through an amendment in the Electoral Act in 1965, the number of electorates in the South Island was fixed at 25, an increase of one since the 1962 electoral redistribution.It was accepted that through the more rapid population growth in the North Island, the number of its electorates would continue to increase, and to keep proportionality, three new electorates were allowed for in the 1967 electoral redistribution for the next election. In the North Island, five electorates were newly created and one electorate was reconstituted while three electorates were abolished. In the South Island, three electorates were newly created (including Wigram) and one electorate was reconstituted while three electorates were abolished. The overall effect of the required changes was highly disruptive to existing electorates, with all but three electorates having their boundaries altered. These changes came into effect with the 1969 election.
Wigram is based around south-western Christchurch. The main suburbs in the seat are Spreydon, Addington, Hillmorton, Riccarton, Hornby and Sockburn. Following the 2013/2014 boundary review, it lost the suburb of Somerfield and parts of Hoon Hay to Port Hills.The electorate's name comes from the suburb of Wigram, and by extension the former Wigram Aerodrome, itself named after colonial businessman Sir Henry Wigram. The electorate shifted southwards at the 2020 redistribution, gaining Aidanfield and parts of Hornby South from Port Hills and Selwyn, but losing Avonhead to Ilam.
The electorate had previously existed from 1969 to 1978, when it was held by Mick Connelly for Labour.
Wigram was one of the original sixty-five Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) electorates created ahead of the 1996 election, when the number of South Island seats was reduced to sixteen. The formerly safe Labour seat of Sydenham lies at Wigram's core, and Labour's strong showing in the party vote in both 2002 and 2005, where the party won nearly half of all party votes cast, indicates that Wigram's political inclinations are left-leaning in nature. Its most well-known MP Jim Anderton was himself the Labour MP for Sydenham between 1984 and 1989, before he split from the party over its political directions and formed the NewLabour Party, which later merged into the Alliance; the Alliance disintegrated in 2002, but Anderton, by then the leader of the Progressive Party held off all challengers to easily hold the seat. In the 2011 election, the seat reverted to Labour candidate Megan Woods after his retirement, but the National Party comfortably won the party vote.The chairman of the Canterbury-Westland branch of the National Party, Roger Bridge, stated in April 2014 that Woods had a low profile and the Wigram electorate was now "winnable". Woods won re-election in the 2014 election with a more than a doubled majority.
Unless otherwise stated, all MPs terms began and started at general elections.
Key Alliance ProgressiveLabour
|1969 election||Mick Connelly|
|(Electorate abolished 1978–1996)|
|1996 election||Jim Anderton|
|2011 election||Megan Woods|
|2020 general election: Wigram|
Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
|New Conservative||Averil Nuttall||638||1.64||—||639||1.63||+1.34|
|Advance NZ||Douglas Allington||308||0.75||—||282||0.72||—|
|Social Credit||Deane Landreth||76||0.20||+0.09||31||0.08||+0.03|
|Economic Euthenics||Tubby Hansen||75||0.19||+0.06|
|Total Valid votes||38,960||39,294|
|2017 general election: Wigram|
Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
|NZ First||Tane Apanui||1,186||3.65||—||1,986||5.95||−2.61|
|Economic Euthenics||Tubby Hansen||41||0.13||−0.04|
|Total Valid votes||32,503||33,404|
|2014 general election: Wigram|
Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
|Internet Mana||Lois McClintoch||213||0.72||+0.72||231||0.76||+0.56|
|Māori Party||Te Whe Phillips||122||0.41||+0.41||145||0.47||+0.03|
|Economic Euthenics||Tubby Hansen||51||0.17||+0.00|
|Total Valid votes||29,662||30,567|
|2011 general election: Wigram|
|Legalise Cannabis||Geoffrey McTague||337||1.08||+1.08||186||0.58||+0.15|
|United Future||Ian Gaskin||159||0.51||-1.03||251||0.78||-0.23|
|Economic Euthenics||Tubby Hansen||53||0.17||+0.09|
|Total Valid votes||31,210||32,230|
|Labour gain from Progressive||Majority||1,500||4.81||+34.16|
Electorate (as at 26 November 2011): 45,427
|2008 general election: Wigram|
|NZ First||Steve Campbell||471||1.37||-1.58||1,050||2.99||-0.88|
|United Future||Vanessa Roberts||219||0.64||-2.31||355||1.01||-2.86|
|Democrats||John Charles Ring||32||0.09||—||13||0.04||0.00|
|Economic Euthenics||Tubby Hansen||28||0.08||-0.01|
|Bill and Ben||251||0.72||—|
|Total Valid votes||34,425||35,102|
|2005 general election: Wigram|
|United Future||Vanessa Roberts||988||2.95||1,313||3.87|
|NZ First||Brian Roswell||912||2.72||1,577||4.65|
|Anti-Capitalist Alliance||Sam Kingi||69||0.21|
|Economic Euthenics||Tubby Hansen||29||0.09|
|Direct Democracy||Anton Foljambe||20||0.06||5||0.01|
|Total Valid votes||33,519||33,930|
Refer to Candidates in the New Zealand general election 1999 by electorate#Wigram for a list of candidates.
|Social Credit||Norm Davey||957||4.94||+0.01|
|National||D G Cox||4,785||29.90|
|Social Credit||Norm Davey||790||4.93|
|Values||B C Lusher||318||1.98|
|New Democratic||F W Stevens||69||0.43|
|Social Credit||Maurice McConnell||1,157||7.02|
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