Otara (New Zealand electorate)

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Otara electorate boundaries between 1993 and 1996.

Otara was a New Zealand parliamentary electorate, from 1984 to 1996. It existed for four parliamentary terms and was represented by three members of parliament, two from Labour and one from National.

Population centres

The 1981 census had shown that the North Island had experienced further population growth, and three additional general seats were created through the 1983 electoral redistribution, bringing the total number of electorates to 95.[1] The South Island had, for the first time, experienced a population loss, but its number of general electorates was fixed at 25 since the 1967 electoral redistribution.[2] More of the South Island population was moving to Christchurch, and two electorates were abolished, while two electorates were recreated. In the North Island, six electorates were newly created (including Otara), three electorates were recreated, and six electorates were abolished.[3]

This suburban electorate was in the southern part of greater Auckland.

History

The electorate was established in the 1984 election, and Colin Moyle of the Labour Party was its first representative. Moyle had first been elected in 1963 in the Manukau electorate and had since 1981 represented the Hunua electorate.[4] Moyle retired in 1990 (when there was a swing against Labour) and the new Labour candidate, Taito Phillip Field, was defeated by Trevor Rogers of the National Party.

In the 1993 election, Trevor Rogers moved east to the new Howick electorate, which covered higher-income suburbs that traditionally voted for National. Taito Phillip Field won the electorate against Mr. Frith of National. When the Otara electorate was abolished in 1996, Field transferred to the Mangere electorate.

Members of Parliament

Key

 Labour    National  

Election Winner
1984 election Colin Moyle
1987 election
1990 election Trevor Rogers
1993 election Taito Phillip Field
(Electorate abolished in 1996; see Mangere)

Election results

1993 election

General election, 1993: Otara[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Taito Phillip Field 8,080 61.29 +21.95
National Shane Frith 2,099 15.92
Alliance Bob Newman 1,856 14.07
NZ First Ted Faleauto 641 4.86
Christian Heritage James Ward 253 1.91
Mana Motuhake Dan Davis 100 0.75
McGillicuddy Serious Andy Cave 78 0.59
Workers Rights Stanley Hieatt 59 0.44
Independent Louis Glassie 16 0.12
Majority 5,981 45.37
Turnout 13,182 75.71 -7.44
Registered electors 17,411

1990 election

General election, 1990: Otara[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Trevor Rogers 8,586 45.89 +5.65
Labour Taito Phillip Field 7,360 39.34
Green Gary Wiki 1,297 6.93
NewLabour Matt Robson 1,144 6.11
Democrats John Kilford 210 1.12
Social Credit Gale Ngakuru 109 0.58
Majority 1,226 6.55
Turnout 18,706 83.15 -2.18
Registered electors 22,495

1987 election

General election, 1987: Otara[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Colin Moyle 8,985 54.99 -6.03
National Trevor Rogers 6,576 40.24
Democrats Joseph Lester Clark 700 4.28
Socialist Action E F Le Pou 77 0.47
Majority 2,409 14.74 -22.85
Turnout 16,338 85.33 -5.14
Registered electors 19,145

1984 election

General election, 1984: Otara[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Colin Moyle 10,583 61.02
National M Tahia 4,064 23.43
NZ Party Barbara Hoera 1,762 10.16
Social Credit R D Davis 839 4.83
Mana Motuhake R B Tamihere 94 0.54
Majority 6,519 37.59
Turnout 17,342 90.47
Registered electors 19,167

Notes

  1. ^ McRobie 1989, pp. 123f.
  2. ^ McRobie 1989, pp. 111, 123.
  3. ^ McRobie 1989, pp. 119–124.
  4. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 221.
  5. ^ Part 1: Votes recorded at each polling place (Technical report). New Zealand Chief Electoral Office. 1993.
  6. ^ Part 1: Votes recorded at each polling place (Technical report). New Zealand Chief Electoral Office. 1990. p. 81.
  7. ^ a b Norton 1988, p. 303.

References

  • McRobie, Alan (1989). Electoral Atlas of New Zealand. Wellington: GP Books. ISBN 0-477-01384-8.
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
  • Norton, Clifford (1988). New Zealand Parliamentary Election Results 1946–1987: Occasional Publications No 1, Department of Political Science. Wellington: Victoria University of Wellington. ISBN 0-475-11200-8.
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