West Auckland (New Zealand electorate)

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West Auckland is a former New Zealand parliamentary electorate on the western outskirts of Auckland, created for the 1984 election from part of the former Helensville electorate. The electorate was abolished for the 1993 election, and split between Henderson and Waitakere electorates.

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 West Auckland), three electorates were recreated, and six electorates were abolished.[3]

In 1984 the electorate included Kumeu, Hobsonville, Henderson, Ranui and Waitakere;[4] much of the area had previously been in the southern part of the Helensville electorate.[5] In 1987 it was moved to the south, losing Hobsonville and much of Kumeu while gaining Titirangi and Piha.

History

Jack Elder of the Labour Party was elected in 1984 as West Auckland electorate's representative;[6] he had in the previous two elections stood unsuccessfully in the Helensville electorate.[7] When the West Auckland electorate was abolished in 1993, Elder successfully stood in the Henderson electorate.

Members of Parliament

Key

 Labour  

Election Winner
1984 election Jack Elder
1987 election
1990 election
Electorate abolished in 1993 (see Henderson)

Election results

1990 election

General election, 1990: West Auckland[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jack Elder 6,949 39.35 -8.00
National Lawrence Wicks 6,697 37.92
Green Carolynne Anne Stone 1,821 10.31
NewLabour Paul Whinray 980 5.54
Independent Tim Shadbolt 541 3.06
Independent National Patrick Joseph Fallon 311 1.76
Democrats Rodney Wilson 223 1.26
McGillicuddy Serious John Errol Way 89 0.50
Independent John David Howard 48 0.27
Majority 252 1.42 -12.90
Turnout 17,659 80.44 -3.72
Registered electors 21,952

1987 election

General election, 1987: West Auckland[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jack Elder 9,404 47.35 +0.99
National Ben Couch 6,560 33.03
Democrats G C James 590 2.97
NZ Party G A Philips 101 0.50
Independent R R Wahrlrich 59 0.29
Majority 2,844 14.32 +3.93
Turnout 16,714 84.16 -8.10
Registered electors 19,858

1984 election

General election, 1984: West Auckland[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jack Elder 10,369 48.34
National Dail Jones 8,140 37.95
NZ Party Ashok Patel 1,901 8.86
Social Credit M G Webber 965 4.49
Independent S I Clews 52 0.24
Mana Motuhake N Te Hira 21 0.09
Majority 2,229 10.39
Turnout 21,448 92.26
Registered electors 23,247

Notes

  1. ^ McRobie 1989, pp. 123f.
  2. ^ McRobie 1989, pp. 111, 123.
  3. ^ McRobie 1989, pp. 119–124.
  4. ^ McRobie 1989, p. 123.
  5. ^ McRobie 1989, pp. 119, 123.
  6. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 194.
  7. ^ Norton 1988, p. 242.
  8. ^ Part 1: Votes recorded at each polling place (Technical report). New Zealand Chief Electoral Office. 1990.
  9. ^ a b Norton 1988, pp. 388.

References

  • 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.
  • 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.
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