Rakaia (New Zealand electorate)
The electorate included the following population centres:
- West Melton
The Rakaia seat previously existed from 1972 to 1978, when it was held by Colin McLachlan of the National Party, who previously and subsequently held the Selwyn seat. It was recreated in 1993 as a replacement for Ashburton.
In the 2008 elections, Selwyn was expected to be a safe National seat while Rangitata was considered vulnerable to capture by Labour due to the presence of the city of Timaru. While Amy Adams won Selwyn for National as expected, Rangiata was taken by National's Jo Goodhew.
Members of Parliament
|1972 election||Colin McLachlan|
|(Electorate abolished 1978–1993)|
|1993 election||Jenny Shipley|
|2002 election||Brian Connell|
- Electorate Profile Parliamentary Library
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