Kelston (New Zealand electorate)

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Electorate boundaries for the Kelston electorate, which was first formed for the 2014 election

Kelston is a New Zealand parliamentary electorate that returns one member to the House of Representatives. It was first formed for the 2014 election and was won by Labour's Carmel Sepuloni.

Population centres

Kelston is located in an area in Auckland south-west of Waitematā Harbour covering part of Te Atatu South, the suburbs of Glen Eden, Sunnyvale, Glendene, Kelston, New Lynn, and Avondale, part of Mt Albert and the suburb of Waterview, with the name coming from one of its component suburbs.[1]

History

Kelston was proposed in the 2013/14 electorate boundary review and confirmed by the Electoral Commission on 17 April 2014.[2] The increase in population in the Auckland region as recorded in the 2013 census meant an extra electorate was required to keep all electorates within five percent of their quota. To accommodate an extra electorate the Electoral Commission abolished Waitakere and established two new electorates, namely Kelston and Upper Harbour.[2]

The Kelston electorate took over parts of the Te Atatū, New Lynn, Mount Albert and Waitakere electorates. The first three electorates are all safe Labour electorates while Waitakere was marginal; National's Paula Bennett won the electorate by just nine votes in 2011 from Labour's Carmel Sepuloni. Consequently, Kelston was regarded as a safe Labour electorate. Labour selected Sepuloni as its candidate for the 2014 general election,[3] and she won the election with a majority of over 5,000 votes to National's Chris Penk.[4]

Members of Parliament

Unless otherwise stated, all MPs' terms began and ended at general elections.

Key  Labour  

Election Winner
2014 election Carmel Sepuloni
2017 election

As of 2017 no candidates who have contested the Kelston electorate have been returned as list MPs.

Election results

2017 election

General election, 2017: Kelston[5]
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 tickY or Red XN denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party votes % ±%
Labour Green tickY Carmel Sepuloni 16,789 54.17 +3.27 15,982 50.18 +8.05
National Bala Beeram 9,520 30.71 −2.09 10,456 32.83 −0.51
Green Nicola Smith 1,984 6.40 −0.52 2,133 6.70 −4.04
NZ First Anne Degia-Pala 1,467 4.73 +0.40 2,087 6.55 −1.90
Legalise Cannabis Jeff Lye 350 1.13 +0.11 106 0.33 −0.02
Māori Cinnamon Whitlock 288 0.93 159 0.50 +0.19
Conservative Warren Knott 213 0.69 −1.38 91 0.29 −2.67
Opportunities   494 1.55
ACT   112 0.35 −0.65
People's Party   45 0.14
Mana   24 0.08
United Future   14 0.04 −0.12
Outdoors   11 0.03
Internet   9 0.03
Ban 1080   7 0.02 −0.02
Democrats   1 0.01 −0.02
Informal votes 385 120
Total Valid votes 30,996 31,851
Labour hold Majority 7,269 23.46 +5.36

2014 election

General election, 2014: Kelston[4]
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 tickY or Red XN denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party votes % ±%
Labour Carmel Sepuloni 15,091 50.90 12,934 42.13
National Chris Penk 9,724 32.80 9,924 32.32
Green Ruth Irwin 2,052 6.92 3,298 10.74
NZ First Anne Degia-Pala 1,283 4.33 2,595 8.45
Conservative Paul Sommer 613 2.07 910 2.96
Legalise Cannabis Jeff Lye 301 1.02 108 0.35
ACT Bruce Haycock 267 0.90 308 1.00
Internet Roshni Sami 234 0.79
United Future Jason Woolston 82 0.28 48 0.16
Internet Mana   432 1.41
Māori   94 0.31
Civilian   15 0.05
Ban 1080   13 0.04
Democrats   8 0.03
Focus   7 0.02
Independent Coalition   7 0.02
Informal votes 415 179
Total Valid votes 30,062 30,880
Turnout 30,810 72.71[6]
Labour win new seat Majority 5,367 18.10

References

  1. ^ McQuillan, Laura; Marwick, Felix (21 November 2013). "Sweeping changes to electorates". Newstalk ZB. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b "New electorate boundaries finalised". Electoral Commission (New Zealand). 2014. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  3. ^ Small, Vernon (22 November 2013). "Bennett won't make way for Craig". The Dominion Post. Fairfax New Zealand. Archived from the original on 9 June 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Official Count Results – Kelston". Electoral Commission. 4 October 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Official Count Results -- Kelston (2017)". Electoral Commission. 7 October 2017. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  6. ^ "2014 General Election Voter Turnout Statistics – Kelston". Electoral Commission. 21 January 2016. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
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