Rongotai (New Zealand electorate)

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Rongotai electorate boundaries used since the 2008 election

Rongotai is a New Zealand electorate, returning a single member to the House of Representatives of New Zealand. The current MP for Rongotai is Annette King, of the Labour Party. She has held this position since 1996.

Population centres[edit]

The Rongotai electorate is centred on the southern and eastern suburbs of Wellington City. It stretches from Miramar in the east to take in the suburbs of Rongotai, Kilbirnie, Lyall Bay and Hataitai and runs from the south coast at Island Bay up through the southern section of the Brooklyn Hill to an east-west border next to Wellington Hospital in Newtown. Because Wellington Airport is within Rongotai's boundaries, the constituency also contains the Chatham Islands including Waitangi. It is named after the suburb of Rongotai which is roughly in its centre. Other suburbs included Berhampore, Owhiro Bay, Seatoun, and Roseneath.

A revision after 1996 pulled the boundary southwards, moving the suburbs around the Basin Reserve and the Massey University campus into Wellington Central.[citation needed] In the 2002 distribution, the area covered by the Rongotai electorate did not change.[1] Changes to boundaries were done in the 2007 distribution,[2][3] but no further changes were done in the 2013/13 distribution.[4]

History[edit]

Rongotai was one of the original 65 mixed-member proportional (MMP) representation electorates drawn in 1994 ahead of the 1996 election. It is the successor to the old Island Bay and Miramar electorates, though the areas in these seats in the orbit of the central city were incorporated into a redrawn Wellington Central electorate.

Labour's Annette King has been elected and re-elected as the member of parliament for Rongotai at all seven elections up to 2014.[5] In five out of the seven elections, Labour also won the party vote; the exception being in 1996 when National out-polled Labour by just 68 votes,[6] and in 2014, when National's majority was 852 votes.[7] Chris Finlayson of the National Party has opposed his distant cousin King since the 2008 election. After the 2014 election, he told his supporters that on current trends, he should be able to win the electorate by 2038.[8]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Unless otherwise stated, all MPs terms began and ended at general elections.

Key

 Labour    ACT    United Future  
 Green    National  
Election Winner
1996 election Annette King
1999 election
2002 election
2005 election
2008 election
2011 election
2014 election

List MPs[edit]

Members of Parliament elected from party lists in elections where that person also unsuccessfully contested the Rongotai electorate. Unless otherwise stated, all MPs terms began and ended at general elections.

Election Winner
1999 election Stephen Franks
2002 election Gordon Copeland
2005 election Gordon Copeland
July 20081 Russel Norman
2008 election Chris Finlayson
2011 election Chris Finlayson
Russel Norman
2014 election Chris Finlayson
Russel Norman

1 Norman entered Parliament when Nándor Tánczos resigned

Election results[edit]

2011 election[edit]

General election 2011: Rongotai[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 % ±%
Labour Green tickY Annette King 18,179 50.52 -1.93 12,606 34.18 -8.51
National Chris Finlayson 9,132 25.38 -2.95 12,168 32.99 +1.63
Green Russel Norman 7,262 20.18 +4.34 8,920 24.19 +7.22
NZ First Brent Pierson 488 1.36 +1.36 1,640 4.45 +1.93
Conservative Bruce Welsh 435 1.21 +1.21 409 1.11 +1.11
ACT Joel Latimer 168 0.47 -0.67 238 0.65 -1.34
Māori Aroha Rickus 168 0.47 +0.47 251 0.68 -0.24
Independent Don Richards 152 0.42 +0.42
United Future   217 0.59 -0.27
Mana   198 0.54 +0.54
Legalise Cannabis   167 0.45 +0.04
Libertarianz   31 0.08 -0.01
Alliance   23 0.06 -0.03
Democrats   11 0.03 +0.02
Informal votes 617 302
Total Valid votes 35,984 36,879
Labour hold Majority 9,047 25.14 +1.02

Electorate (as at 26 November 2011): 46,153[10]

2008 election[edit]

General election 2008: Rongotai[11]

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 % ±%
Labour Green tickY Annette King 19,614 52.45 16,263 42.69
National Chris Finlayson 10,594 28.33 11,950 31.37
Green Russel Norman 5,925 15.84 6,464 16.97
Kiwi Gordon Copeland 515 1.38 169 0.44
ACT Michael Bridge 425 1.14 758 1.99
United Future Karuna Muthu 223 0.60 326 0.86
Libertarianz Mitch Lees 100 0.27 34 0.09
NZ First   960 2.52
Māori   351 0.92
Progressive   291 0.76
Bill and Ben   188 0.49
Legalise Cannabis   158 0.41
Family Party   53 0.14
Pacific   48 0.13
Alliance   37 0.10
Workers Party   33 0.09
RONZ   6 0.02
Democrats   4 0.01
RAM   4 0.01
Informal votes 356 167
Total Valid votes 37,396 38,097
Labour hold Majority 9,020 21.12


2005 election[edit]

General election 2005: Rongotai[12]

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 % ±%
Labour Green tickY Annette King 21,376 59.38 +3.23 18,327 49.96
National Nicola Young 8,738 24.27 +3.78 10,210 27.84
Green Luci Highfield 2,921 8.11 4630 12.71
United Future Gordon Copeland 1,581 2.68 1069 2.91
Māori Morris Te Whiti Love 499 1.39 232 0.63
ACT Gavin Middleton 425 1.18 379 1.03
Progressive Vladimir Bell 333 0.93 394 1.07
Alliance Jocelyn Brooks 127 0.35 31 0.08
NZ First   1109 3.02
Destiny   107 0.29
Legalise Cannabis   83 0.23
Christian Heritage   39 0.11
Libertarianz   20 0.05
99 MP   18 0.05
Family Rights   11 0.03
Democrats   10 0.03
One NZ   7 0.02
RONZ   3 0.01
Direct Democracy   1 0.00
Informal votes 431 164
Total Valid votes 36,000 36,680
Labour hold Majority 12,638 35.11 -0.55

References[edit]

  1. ^ Report of the Representation Commission 2002 (PDF). Representation Commission. 21 March 2002. p. 9. ISBN 0-478-20169-9. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Report of the Representation Commission 2007 (PDF). Representation Commission. 14 September 2007. p. 11. ISBN 978-0-477-10414-2. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Farrar, David. "Proposed 2008 Boundaries". Kiwiblog. Retrieved 3 October 2014. Note that what is discussed in this entry was what the Representation Commission put out for public consultation; this does not represent the final decision. 
  4. ^ Report of the Representation Commission 2014 (PDF). Representation Commission. 4 April 2014. p. 9. ISBN 978-0-477-10414-2. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Hon Annette King". New Zealand Parliament. 22 September 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Part V - Electorate Summary of Votes for Registered Parties" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Official Count Results -- Rongotai". Electoral Commission. 4 October 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  8. ^ Finlayson, Chris (27 September 2014). "Diary Australia". The Spectator. 
  9. ^ 2011 election results
  10. ^ "Enrolment statistics". Electoral Commission. 26 November 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  11. ^ "Official Count Results -- Rongotai". Chief Electoral Office. 22 November 2008. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  12. ^ election result Rongotai 2005

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