Mahia (New Zealand electorate)

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The Mahia electorate was created in 1996 for the first MMP election. Located on the East Cape, it existed for one term only.

Population centres

The 1996 election was notable for the significant change of electorate boundaries, based on the provisions of the Electoral Act 1993.[1] Because of the introduction of the mixed-member proportional (MMP) electoral system, the number of electorates had to be reduced, leading to significant changes. More than half of the electorates contested in 1996 were newly constituted, and most of the remainder had seen significant boundary changes. In total, 73 electorates were abolished, 29 electorates were newly created (including Mahia), and 10 electorates were recreated, giving a net loss of 34 electorates.

Mahia comprised all of the Gisborne electorate and parts of Eastern Bay of Plenty, Hawkes Bay, Waikaremoana and Wairarapa electorates.

History

Mahia only existed as such for one term and was represented by Labour MP Janet Mackey, who had previously represented Gisborne. For the 1999 election the electorate's boundaries were redrawn as East Coast, which Janet Mackey contested and won in 1999 and in the 2002 election until retiring at the 2005 election.

Members of Parliament

Key

 Labour  

Election Winner
1996 election Janet Mackey
(Electorate abolished in 1996; see East Coast)

Election results

1996 election

General election 1996: Mahia[2][3][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 Janet Mackey 10,766 39.11 7,323 26.42
National Wayne Kimber 9,788 35.56 9,631 34.75
NZ First Gordon Preston 2,910 10.57 4,138 14.93
ACT Craig Bauld 1,848 6.71 1,879 6.78
Alliance Graham Smith 1,763 6.40 2,787 10.05
Independent Luke Donnelly 383 1.39
Natural Law Roy Neumegen 69 0.25 26 0.09
Christian Coalition   1,187 4.28
Legalise Cannabis   363 1.31
United NZ   111 0.40
Animals First   69 0.25
Progressive Green   66 0.24
McGillicuddy Serious   42 0.15
Mana Māori   29 0.10
Green Society   23 0.08
Superannuitants & Youth   12 0.04
Advance New Zealand 10 0.04
Conservatives   10 0.04
Libertarianz   5 0.02
Te Tawharau 4 0.01
Ethnic Minority Party 2 0.01
Asia Pacific United 1 0.00
Informal votes 266 75
Total Valid votes 27,527 27,718
Labour win new seat Majority 978 3.55

References

  1. ^ "Electoral Act 1993". Act No. 87 of 17 August 1993. Archived from the original on 10 July 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Electorate Candidate and Party Votes Recorded at Each Polling Place - Mahia, 1996" (PDF). Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Part III - Party Lists of Successful Registered Parties" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 February 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Part III - Party Lists of unsuccessful Registered Parties" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 February 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
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