Yaldhurst (New Zealand electorate)

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Yaldhurst is a former New Zealand parliamentary electorate, near the city of Christchurch. The electorate was to the southwest of Christchurch, and was suburban and semi-rural.

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The 1977 electoral redistribution was the most overtly political since the Representation Commission had been established through an amendment to the Representation Act in 1886, initiated by Muldoon's National Government. [1] As part of the 1976 census, a large number of people failed to fill out an electoral re-registration card, and census staff had not been given the authority to insist on the card being completed. This had little practical effect for people on the general roll, but it transferred Māori to the general roll if the card was not handed in. Together with a northward shift of New Zealand's population, this resulted in five new electorates having to be created in the upper part of the North Island. [2] The electoral redistribution was very disruptive, and 22 electorates were abolished, while 27 electorates were newly created (including Yaldhurst) or re-established. These changes came into effect for the 1978 election. [3]

The Wigram electorate was abolished through the 1977 electoral redistribution and its northern part made up much of the area of the new Yaldhurst electorate. A much smaller areas were gained by Yaldhurst from the Riccarton and Rangiora electorates. [4] Christchurch suburbs located in the Yaldhurst electorate included Burnside, Avonhead, Russley, Broomfield, Hei Hei, Yaldhurst, and parts of Hornby. [5]

History

In the 1978 election, the Yaldhurst electorate was won by Mick Connelly of the Labour Party, who had been MP for the Wigram electorate since 1969, and the Riccarton electorate prior to that since 1956. [6] Connelly retired at the 1984 election and was succeeded by Labour's Margaret Austin. [7] In 1995, Austin defected to United New Zealand prior to the first mixed-member proportional (MMP) election. When the electorate was abolished in 1996, Austin stood in the new Ilam electorate where she came third. [8]

Members of Parliament

Key

  Labour     United NZ   

ElectionWinner
1978 election Mick Connelly
1981 election
1984 election Margaret Austin
1987 election
1990 election
1993 election
(Electorate abolished in 1996; see Ilam)

Election results

1993 election

1993 general election: Yaldhurst [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Margaret Austin 10,659 46.72 -2.90
National David Watson7,66233.58
Alliance Liz Gordon 2,88112.62
NZ First Robin Booth1,0924.78
Christian Heritage Graham Capill 4672.04
Natural Law Royal Van Der Werf530.23
Majority2,99713.13+12.95
Turnout 22,81485.80-0.22
Registered electors 26,588

1990 election

1990 general election: Yaldhurst [10]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Margaret Austin 9,699 43.82 -10.61
National John Connelly9,65743.63
NewLabour Garry Illes1,5957.20
Christian Heritage Gary Howard Milne5632.54
Independent Henry Collett3811.72
Democrats Norman Davey1510.68-1.84
Social Credit Vince Smith850.38
Majority420.18-11.66
Turnout 22,13186.02-3.41
Registered electors 25,726

1987 election

1987 general election: Yaldhurst [11]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Margaret Austin 11,684 54.43 +4.06
National James Bacon9,14242.59
Democrats Norman Davey5422.52-0.08
Wizard PartySuzanne Toy970.45
Majority2,54211.84-1.10
Turnout 21,46589.43-5.00
Registered electors 24,001

1984 election

1984 general election: Yaldhurst [11]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Margaret Austin 11,560 50.37
National Howard Joseph 8,59037.43
NZ Party Neil Russell2,0248.82
Social Credit Norman Davey5972.60-6.84
Values Alan Wilkinson990.43-0.09
Independent G H Bucknell760.33-0.03
Majority2,97012.94
Turnout 22,94694.43+3.22
Registered electors 24,298

1981 election

1981 general election: Yaldhurst [11]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Mick Connelly 10,975 49.23 -1.02
National Margaret Murray9,01340.43
Social Credit Norman Davey2,1069.44+1.69
Values Alan Wilkinson1170.52
Independent G H Bucknell810.36
Majority1,9628.80+1.19
Turnout 22,29291.21+16.15
Registered electors 24,440

1978 election

1978 general election: Yaldhurst [11]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Mick Connelly 10,816 50.25
National David Watson8,54839.71
Social Credit Norman Davey1,6707.75
Values P A Wilkinson4872.26
Majority1,6387.61
Turnout 21,52175.06
Registered electors 28,670

Notes

  1. McRobie 1989, pp. 8–9, 51, 119.
  2. McRobie 1989, p. 119.
  3. McRobie 1989, pp. 115–120.
  4. McRobie 1989, pp. 117, 121.
  5. McRobie 1989, p. 121.
  6. Wilson 1985, p. 190.
  7. Wilson 1985, pp. 181, 190.
  8. "Electorate Candidate and Party Votes Recorded at Each Polling Place - Ilam, 1996" (PDF). Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  9. Part 1: Votes recorded at each polling place (Technical report). New Zealand Chief Electoral Office. 1993.
  10. Part 1: Votes recorded at each polling place (Technical report). New Zealand Chief Electoral Office. 1990. p. 149.
  11. 1 2 3 4 Norton 1988, p. 394.

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