Aoraki (New Zealand electorate)

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Aoraki was a New Zealand parliamentary electorate that existed for four parliamentary terms from 1996 to 2008. It was held by Jim Sutton of the Labour Party for three terms, and the remaining term by Jo Goodhew of the National Party. It was located in the South Island, covering southern Canterbury and northern Otago. It was named after the mountain Aoraki / Mount Cook.

Population centres[edit]

The 1996 election was notable for the significant change of electorate boundaries, based on the provisions of the Electoral Act 1993.[1] Because of the introduction of the mixed-member proportional (MMP) electoral system, the number of electorates had to be reduced, leading to significant changes. More than half of the electorates contested in 1996 were newly constituted, and most of the remainder had seen significant boundary changes. In total, 73 electorates were abolished, 29 electorates were newly created (including Aoraki), and 10 electorates were recreated, giving a net loss of 34 electorates.

History[edit]

The electorate of Aoraki was created for the 1996 elections, as part of the major redistribution in the transition to MMP. It was effectively a merger of the old seats of Timaru and Waitaki, bringing the town of Timaru and its surrounding farmland together in one electorate.

The boundaries of Aoraki did not undergo any significant changes since the seat was created. However, in boundary changes for the 2008 general election, Aoraki ceased to exist, with the bulk of its population centres being transferred to a resurrected electorate named Rangitata. The southern part went to Waitaki.

Election results[edit]

Key

 Labour    National  

Election Winner
1996 election Jim Sutton
1999 election
2002 election
2005 election Jo Goodhew

List MPs[edit]

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

Key

 Labour    NZ First  

Election Winner
1996 election Jenny Bloxham
2005 election Jim Sutton (retired in 2006)

Election results[edit]

2005 election[edit]

General election, 2005: Aoraki[2]
Notes:

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

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party Votes % ±%
National Jo Goodhew 18,252 54.03 14,635 43.01
Labour Red XN Jim Sutton 11,315 33.49 13,596 39.96
Green Kate Elsen 2,038 6.03 1,524 4.48
NZ First Kerry Lundy 1,203 3.56 2,048 6.02
United Future Mark Rogers 340 1.01 878 2.58
Progressive Claire Main 320 0.95 523 1.54
ACT Kevin Murray 215 0.64 398 1.17
Direct Democracy John Sullivan 99 0.29 19 0.06
Legalise Cannabis   130 0.38
Destiny   91 0.27
Māori   38 0.11
Christian Heritage   31 0.09
Democrats   30 0.09
Alliance   24 0.07
99 MP   19 0.06
Family Rights   13 0.04
Libertarianz   6 0.02
One NZ   3 0.01
RONZ   3 0.01
Informal votes 255 137
Total Valid votes 33,782 34,027
National gain from Labour Majority 6,937 20.39

2002 election[edit]

General election, 2002: Aoraki[3]
Notes:

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

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party Votes % ±%
Labour Green tickY Jim Sutton 16,316 52.68 13,950 44.56
National Wayne Marriott 9,863 31.84 7,550 24.12
Green David Musgrave 1,327 4.28 1,613 5.15
United Future Tony Bunting 1,176 3.80 1,879 6.00
Christian Heritage McGregor Simpson 616 1.99 387 1.24
ACT Kevin Murray 579 1.87 1,377 4.40
Legalise Cannabis Christine Mitchell 453 1.46 264 0.84
Progressive Lynley Simmons 446 1.44 643 2.05
Alliance Andrew Buchanan 197 0.64 337 1.08
NZ First   2,758 8.81
ORNZ   521 1.66
Mana Māori   11 0.04
One NZ   10 0.03
NMP   8 0.03
Informal votes 373 132
Total Valid votes 30,973 31,308
Labour hold Majority 6,453 20.61

1999 election[edit]

General election, 1999: Aoraki[4][5]
Notes:

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

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party Votes % ±%
Labour Green tickY Jim Sutton 17,415 51.48 14,413
National Wayne Marriott 10,276 30.38 10,393
Alliance Lynley Simmons 2,031 6.00 2,881
Green David Musgrave 1,061 3.14 1,505
Christian Heritage McGregor Simpson 1,023 3.02 953
NZ First Albert Gould 705 2.08 992
Legalise Cannabis Christine Mitchell 659 1.95 450
ACT Dean Richardson 657 1.94 1,694
South Island   209
Libertarianz   139
United NZ   137
Future NZ   115
Animals First   66
McGillicuddy Serious   35
One NZ   17
Natural Law   7
People's Choice Party 5
Mana Māori   4
NMP   4
Republican   3
Freedom Movement 2
Mauri Pacific   1
Informal votes 511 313
Total Valid votes 33,827 34,025
Labour hold Majority 7,139

1996 election[edit]

General election, 1996: Aoraki[6][7][8]
Notes:

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

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party Votes % ±%
Labour Green tickY Jim Sutton 13,538 41.02 10,088 30.41
National Stuart Boag 10,606 32.14 10,861 32.75
NZ First Jenny Bloxham 4,595 13.92 3,802 11.46
Alliance Rex Verity 3,021 9.15 4,491 13.54
Christian Coalition Robin Donovan 635 1.92 1,211 3.65
ACT Alan Cone 531 1.61 1,677 5.06
McGillicuddy Serious Royal van der Werf 75 0.23 85 0.26
Legalise Cannabis   615 1.85
United NZ   184 0.55
Animals First   42 0.13
Progressive Green 40 0.12
Natural Law   25 0.08
Green Society 17 0.05
Superannuitants & Youth 12 0.04
Advance New Zealand 6 0.02
Conservatives 6 0.02
Ethnic Minority Party 3 0.01
Mana Māori   2 0.01
Libertarianz   1 0.00
Asia Pacific United 0 0.00
Te Tawharau 0 0.00
Informal votes 288 121
Total Valid votes 33,001 33,168
Labour win new seat Majority 2,932 8.84

References[edit]

  1. ^ Electoral Act 1993, Act No. 87 of 17 August 1993. Retrieved on 30 June 2015.
  2. ^ Election result Aoraki 2005
  3. ^ 2002 election results
  4. ^ "Candidate vote details - Aoraki". October 2005. 
  5. ^ "Votes for registered parties by electorate". October 2005. 
  6. ^ "Electorate Candidate and Party Votes Recorded at Each Polling Place - Aoraki" (PDF). Retrieved 24 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Part III - Party Lists of Successful Registered Parties" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 February 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Part III - Party Lists of unsuccessful Registered Parties" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 

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