Matakana (New Zealand electorate)

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Matakana is a former New Zealand parliamentary electorate in the Thames-Coromandel District, which existed for one parliamentary term from 1993 to 1996, and was held by Graeme Lee. In 1994, Lee defected from the National Party to the Christian Democrat Party.

Population centres[edit]

Based on the 1991 census, an electoral redistribution was carried out. This resulted in the abolition of nine electorates, and the creation of eleven new electorates. Through an amendment in the Electoral Act in 1965, the number of electorates in the South Island was fixed at 25, so the new electorates increased the number of the North Island electorates by two.[1] In the South Island, one electorate was abolished and one electorate was recreated. In the North Island, five electorates were newly created (including Matakana), five electorates were recreated, and eight electorates were abolished.[1][2]

The electorate was located adjacent to the Bay of Plenty on the east coast of the North Island, north of Tauranga and south of the Coromandel Peninsula. It is named after Matakana Island. Polling booths where more than 1,000 votes were cast were located in Katikati, Paeroa, Waihi, Waihi Beach, and Whangamata.[2] In 1996, parts of the Matakana and Hauraki electorates were taken to form the Coromandel electorate.[3]


This electorate was formed for the 44th session of the New Zealand Parliament in 1993. It existed for one term until 1996, and was represented by Graeme Lee of the National Party. Lee had first been elected to parliament in 1981 in the Hauraki electorate, and from 1987 to 1993, he had represented the Coromandel electorate. In 1994, Lee defected to the Christian Democrat Party. In the 1996 election, Lee stood as a list-only candidate, but as the Christian Democrats failed to make the 5% threshold, he did not re-enter parliament.

Members of Parliament[edit]


 National    Christian Democrats  

Election Winner
1993 election Graeme Lee

Election results[edit]

1993 election[edit]

General election, 1993: Matakana[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Graeme Lee 6,334 33.47
Alliance J Neill 5,441 28.75
NZ First J Jefferson 3,419 18.07
Labour C Hutchinson 3,180 16.80
Christian Heritage M Clarke 240 1.27
McGillicuddy Serious B Soper 172 0.91
Natural Law L Lee 140 0.74
Majority 893 4.72
Informal votes 418 2.16
Turnout 19,344 85.34
Registered electors 22,666

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ a b McRobie, Alan (1989). Electoral Atlas of New Zealand. Wellington: GP Books. pp. 111f. ISBN 0-477-01384-8. 
  2. ^ a b c Part 1: Votes recorded at each polling place (Technical report). New Zealand Chief Electoral Office. 1993. pp. 62, 162. 
  3. ^ "Electorate Profile Coromandel" (PDF). Parliamentary Library. October 2005. p. 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 February 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2015.