Clutha-Southland

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Clutha-Southland is a parliamentary constituency returning one member to the New Zealand House of Representatives. The current MP for Clutha Southland is Bill English of the National Party. He has held this position since 1996, but has announced that he will retire as the electorate's representative at the 2014 general election, and contest the election as a list MP only.[1]

Description[edit]

Clutha-Southland was promulgated as one of the original 65 MMP electorates, centered on Southland district and covering an area stretching from Fiordland across the far south of the South Island to the south Otago coast. Its largest population centres are Gore and Balclutha. In 2008, the seat of Otago was abolished and split between the Waitaki and Clutha-Southland electorates, and parts of Central Otago, primarily around Arrowtown, Queenstown and Roxburgh were also transferred to Clutha-Southland.

Clutha-Southland is the successor to the old Wallace, Clutha and Awarua constituencies. Its boundaries had changed at all three redistributions undertaken since its creation, as dwindling populations in both the old Clutha-Southland electorate and in the neighbouring Invercargill electorate have forced both seats northwards to ensure every electorate population stays within certain limits. This trend stopped in the 2013 redistribution, however, with both electorates remaining unchanged in area.

Because of its largely rural nature, Clutha-Southland is one of the National Party's safest seats; it has only ever had one MP, that being current deputy Prime Minister, Bill English, who was also the MP for Wallace from 1990-96.

English announced in January 2014 that he will retire as the electorate MP at the 2014 general election, becoming a list-only MP. [2] Possible replacements for the electorate include his brother Conor English. [3]

Members of Parliament for Clutha-Southland[edit]

The electorate has been represented by one Member of Parliament so far.

Key  National  

Election Winner
1996 election Bill English
1999 election
2002 election
2005 election
2008 election
2011 election

Election results[edit]

2011 election[edit]

General election 2011: Clutha-Southland[4]

Notes: Green 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.
A Green tickY or Red XN denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party Votes % ±%
National Green tickY Bill English 21,375 68.83 +0.96 20,020 62.89 +3.03
Labour Tat Loo 5,207 16.77 -4.69 5,160 16.21 -7.73
Green Rachael Goldsmith 2,633 8.48 +1.57 2,751 8.64 +3.54
ACT Don Nicolson 796 2.56 +0.79 583 1.83 -2.06
Conservative Ross Calverley 787 2.53 +2.53 992 3.12 +3.12
Sovereignty Party Tony Corbett 130 0.42 +0.42
Democratic Robert Mills 128 0.41 +0.41 75 0.24 +0.18
NZ First   1,556 4.89 +2.02
United Future   259 0.81 +0.06
Legalise Cannabis   210 0.66 +0.27
Māori   136 0.43 +0.01
Mana   48 0.15 +0.15
Libertarianz   24 0.08 +0.03
Alliance   17 0.05 -0.13
Informal votes 810 209
Total Valid votes 31,056 31,831
National hold Majority 16,168 52.06 +5.65

Electorate (as at 26 November 2011): 43,395[5]

2008 election[edit]

General election 2008: Clutha-Southland[6]

Notes: Green 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.
A Green tickY or Red XN denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party Votes % ±%
National Green tickY Bill English 22,631 67.87 +1.39 20,235 59.87 +2.73
Labour Don Pryde 7,156 21.46 -1.74 8,091 23.94 -4.76
Green Tim Gow 2,304 6.91 +4.23 1,726 5.11 +2.74
ACT Roly Henderson 590 1.77 +0.18 1,315 3.89 +1.98
Family Party Paul Tankard 515 1.54 +1.54 193 0.57 +0.57
Alliance Marvin Hubbard 149 0.45 +0.45 63 0.19 +0.11
NZ First   968 2.86 -1.70
Bill and Ben   259 0.77 +0.77
United Future   254 0.75 -2.64
Progressive   226 0.67 -0.09
Māori   141 0.42 -0.21
Legalise Cannabis   131 0.39 +0.13
Kiwi   131 0.39 +0.39
Democratic   18 0.05 -0.03
Workers Party   18 0.05 +0.05
Libertarianz   16 0.05 -0.02
Pacific   8 0.02 +0.02
RAM   4 0.01 +0.01
RONZ   2 0.01 -0.004
Informal votes 354 142
Total Valid votes 33,345 33,799
National hold Majority 15,475 46.41 +3.14

Note: lines coloured beige denote the winner of the electorate vote. Lines coloured pink denote a candidate elected to Parliament from their party's list.

2005 election[edit]

Party Candidate Votes % Party Votes %
National Green tickY Bill English 20020 66.70 17334 57.14
Labour David Talbot 6988 23.28 8705 28.70
NZ First Dave Mackie 999 3.33 1386 4.57
Green Robert Guyton 808 2.69 719 2.37
United Joy Leitze 701 2.34 1028 3.39
ACT John Cameron Fraser 479 1.60 579 1.91
IND David Webber 121 0.40 - -
Progressive - - - 230 0.76
Destiny - - - 99 0.33
ALCP - - - 79 0.26
Māori Party - - - 63 0.21
Democrats - - - 26 0.09
Christian Heritage - - - 24 0.08
Alliance - - - 23 0.08
99 MP - - - 13 0.04
Family Rights PP - - - 9 0.03
Libertarianz - - - 7 0.02
One NZ - - - 6 0.02
Republic of NZ - - - 3 0.01
Direct Democracy - - - 2 0.01
informal votes 211 150
total valid votes 30116 30335
National hold Majority 13,032

sourced from electionresults.govt.nz

1996 election[edit]

General election 1996: Clutha-Southland[7][8][9]

Notes: Green 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.
A Green tickY or Red XN denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party Votes % ±%
National Bill English 14,764 47.09 13,449 42.74
Labour Lesley Soper 5,721 18.25 6,058 19.25
NZ First Alan Wise 5,075 16.19 4,709 14.97
Alliance Tracey Hicks 2,326 7.42 2,345 7.45
ACT Peter Snow 2,049 6.54 1,901 6.04
Christian Coalition Russell Zwies 1,060 3.38 2,147 6.82
McGillicuddy Serious Robyn West 306 0.98 133 0.42
Natural Law Gilbert Urquhart 50 0.16 24 0.08
Legalise Cannabis   390 1.24
United NZ   181 0.58
Animals First   37 0.12
Progressive Greens   33 0.10
Green Society 15 0.05
Conservatives 14 0.04
Superannuitants & Youth 11 0.03
Libertarianz   10 0.03
Advance New Zealand 2 0.01
Asia Pacific United 2 0.01
Ethnic Minority Party 2 0.01
Mana Māori   2 0.01
Te Tawharau 0 0.00
Informal votes 202 88
Total Valid votes 31,351 31,465
National win new seat Majority 9,043 28.84

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bennett, Adam (1 November 2013). "English to give up Clutha-Southland seat". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Life after Bill". Stuff/Fairfax. 10 January 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Conor English to follow Bill English?". Stuff/Fairfax. 11 February 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  4. ^ 2011 election results
  5. ^ "Enrolment statistics". Electoral Commission. 26 November 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  6. ^ Official Count Results -- Clutha-Southland, 2008 General Election. Chief Electoral Office, Wellington. Retrieved 23 September 2010.
  7. ^ "Electorate Candidate and Party Votes Recorded at Each Polling Place - Clutha-Southland, 1996" (PDF). Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Part III - Party Lists of Successful Registered Parties" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Part III - Party Lists of unsuccessful Registered Parties" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 

Coordinates: 45°38′00″S 167°55′00″E / 45.6333°S 167.9167°E / -45.6333; 167.9167