Rangitīkei (New Zealand electorate)

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Rangitīkei electorate boundaries used since the 2014 election

Rangitīkei (before 2008 styled as Rangitikei without a macron) is a New Zealand parliamentary electorate, returning one Member of Parliament to the House of Representatives of New Zealand. The current MP for Rangitīkei is Ian McKelvie of the National Party.[1] He has held this position since 2011.

The electorate has existed continuously since the 1861 general election.

Geographic coverage[edit]

Rangitīkei covers an area of the lower North Island. It extends from the outskirts of Palmerston North, through the Rangitïkei catchment area north to the North Island Volcanic Plateau. The main towns included are Waiouru, Taihape, Mangaweka, Hunterville, Marton, Bulls, and Feilding, and the suburbs of Ashhurst, Aokautere, Turitea and Linton in Palmerston North.[2]

The current boundaries of the seat date from the introduction of Mixed Member Proportional voting in 1996. The seat was created by adding the southern tip of King Country to the northern tip of the Manawatu seat, and drafting in the towns to the east of Wanganui from Waitotara. The rural conservative nature of the seat makes it a safe National seat, though this belies the fact that for six years it was held by a third party MP, Social Credit leader Bruce Beetham.

History[edit]

A seat named Wanganui and Rangitikei was contested at the very first general election in New Zealand in 1853. The use of an electorate named Rangitikei in its own right dates from the third session of the New Zealand Parliament. In a somewhat auspicious start for the seat, the first Member of Parliament for the seat in 1861 was future Prime Minister William Fox. Fox resigned twice; first on 16 May 1865, causing the 1865 by-election (won by Robert Pharazyn), and then on 11 March 1875, causing the 1875 by-election (won by John Ballance).[3]

Three members died while holding the seat: Douglas Hastings Macarthur died on 24 May 1892 and was succeeded by John Stevens; Arthur Remington died on 17 August 1909 and was succeeded by Robert Smith; and Sir Roy Jack died on 24 December 1977 and was succeeded by Bruce Beetham.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Key

 Independent    Liberal    Reform  
 Labour    National    Social Credit  
Election Winner
1861 election William Fox
1865 by-election Robert Pharazyn
1866 election William Hogg Watt
1868 by-election William Fox
1871 election
1875 by-election John Ballance
1876 election
1879 election William Willis
1880 by-election William Fox
1881 election John Stevens
1884 election Robert Bruce
1887 election
1890 election Douglas Macarthur
1892 by-election Robert Bruce
1893 election John Stevens
1896 election 1899 election Frank Lethbridge
1902 election 1905 election 1908 election Arthur Remington
1909 by-election Robert Smith
1911 election 1914 election Edward Newman
1919 election 1922 election 1925 election William Spiers Glenn
1928 election James Thomas Hogan
1931 election Alexander Stuart
1935 election Ormond Wilson
1938 election 1943 election 1946 election 1949 election 1951 election Edward Gordon
1954 election 1957 election 1960 election 1963 election 1966 election 1969 election Norman Shelton
1972 election 1975 election Sir Roy Jack
1978 by-election 1978 election 1981 election Bruce Beetham
1984 election 1987 election 1990 election 1993 election 1996 election Denis Marshall
1999 election 2002 election 2005 election 2008 election Simon Power
2011 election 2014 election Ian McKelvie

Election results[edit]

2014 election[edit]

General election 2014: Rangitīkei[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 Ian McKelvie 18,753 60.59 +1.72 16,936 54.36 +0.31
Labour Deborah Russell 8,521 27.53 -1.13 5,673 18.21 -2.98
NZ First Romuald Rudzki 2,138 6.90 +6.90 3,533 11.34 +4.08
Conservative Roy Brown 1,378 4.45 +0.72 1,956 6.27 +2.07
ACT Neil Wilson 159 0.51 -0.46 114 0.36 -1.15
Green   2,296 7.37 +0.58
Māori   163 0.52 0.26
Internet Mana   151 0.48 +0.13
Legalise Cannabis   122 0.39 -0.09
Ban 1080   86 0.27 +0.27
United Future   68 0.21 -0.61
Civilian   17 0.05 +0.05
Democrats   14 0.04 0.05
Independent Coalition   13 0.04 +0.04
Focus   8 0.02 +0.02
Informal votes 312 110
Total Valid votes 31,261 31,260
National hold Majority 10,232 33.06 +2.85

2011 election[edit]

General Election 2011: Rangitīkei[5]

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 Ian McKelvie 18,284 58.87 -6.83 17,115 53.94 +1.49
Labour Josie Pagani 8,902 28.66 -0.75 6,723 21.19 -6.35
Green Maree Brannigan 2,108 6.79 +6.79 2,994 9.44 +4.00
Conservative Ian Robertson 1,159 3.73 +3.73 1,333 4.20 +4.20
ACT Hayden Fitzgerald 302 0.97 -0.64 478 1.51 -2.78
Mana Peter Cleave 110 0.35 +0.35 62 0.20 +0.20
Independent Charles Turner 102 0.33 +0.33
Independent Grant Seton 91 0.29 +0.29
NZ First   2,305 7.26 +2.17
United Future   260 0.82 -0.33
Māori   247 0.78 -0.13
Legalise Cannabis   152 0.48 -+0.08
Democrats   27 0.09 +0.03
Libertarianz   23 0.07 +0.01
Alliance   12 0.04 -0.06
Informal votes 695 363
Total Valid votes 31,058 31,731
National hold Majority 9,382 30.21 -6.08

Electorate (as at 26 November 2011): 41,343[6]

2008 election[edit]

General Election 2008: Rangitīkei[7]

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 Simon Power 21,801 65.70 17,711 52.45
Labour Jills Angus Burney 9,759 29.41 9,298 27.53
Independent Steve Gibson 786 2.37 +2.37
ACT Jean Thompson 535 1.61 1,448 4.29
United Future John Langford 300 0.90 388 1.15
Green   1,836 5.44
NZ First   1,719 5.09
Progressive   309 0.92
Māori   307 0.92
Bill and Ben   291 0.86
Legalise Cannabis   135 0.40
Kiwi   132 0.39
Family Party   80 0.24
Alliance   33 0.10
Libertarianz   22 0.07
Workers Party   20 0.06
Democrats   18 0.05
Pacific   17 0.05
RAM   2 0.01
RONZ   2 0.01
Informal votes 362 138
Total Valid votes 33,181 33,768
National hold Majority 12,042 36.29


2005 election[edit]

General Election 2005: Rangitikei[8]

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 Simon Power 19,119 60.42 14,721 46.03
Labour Marilyn Brown 9,459 29.89 11,538 36.08
NZ First Murray Strawbridge 1,335 4.22 2,363 7.39
United Future Rob Moodie 718 2.27 1,027 3.21
Independent Richard Peirce 426 1.35
Māori Abe Hepi 369 1.17 195 0.61
ACT John Waugh 215 0.68 446 1.39
Green   1,083 3.39
Progressive   287 0.90
Destiny   114 0.36
Legalise Cannabis   85 0.27
Christian Heritage   47 0.15
Alliance   22 0.07
Democrats   12 0.04
Libertarianz   12 0.04
One NZ   9 0.03
99 MP   6 0.02
Family Rights   5 0.02
RONZ   5 0.02
Direct Democracy   2 0.01
Informal votes 216 100
Total Valid votes 31,641 31,979
National hold Majority 9,660 30.53

1899 election[edit]

General election, 1899: Rangitikei[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Opposition Frank Lethbridge 1,985 53.42
Liberal James Jervis Bagnall 1,453 39.10
Independent Liberal Edward Gascoigne 278 7.48
Majority 532 14.32
Turnout 3,716 66.25
Registered electors 5,609

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ New Zealand Parliament - Simon Power MP
  2. ^ "Electorate Profile Rangitikei". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  3. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 107.
  4. ^ "Election Results –- Rangitīkei". Electoral Commission. 20 September 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  5. ^ 2011 election results
  6. ^ "Enrolment statistics". Electoral Commission. 26 November 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  7. ^ 2008 election results
  8. ^ election result Rangitīkei 2005
  9. ^ "The General Election, 1899". Wellington: Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives. 19 June 1900. p. 2. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Rangitikei Election". Feilding Star XXI (141). 14 December 1899. p. 3. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 

References[edit]

  • Scholefield, Guy (1950) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer. 
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.