Otara (New Zealand electorate)

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Otara was a New Zealand parliamentary electorate, from 1984 to 1996. It existed for four parliamentary terms and was represented by three members of parliament, two from Labour and one from National.

Population centres[edit]

The 1981 census had shown that the North Island had experienced further population growth, and three additional general seats were created through the 1983 electoral redistribution, bringing the total number of electorates to 95.[1] The South Island had, for the first time, experienced a population loss, but its number of general electorates was fixed at 25 since the 1967 electoral redistribution.[2] More of the South Island population was moving to Christchurch, and two electorates were abolished, while two electorates were recreated. In the North Island, six electorates were newly created (including Otara), three electorates were recreated, and six electorates were abolished.[3]

This suburban electorate was in the southern part of greater Auckland.


The electorate was established in the 1984 election, and Colin Moyle of the Labour Party was its first representative. Moyle had first been elected in 1963 in the Manukau electorate and had since 1981 represented the Hunua electorate.[4] Moyle retired in 1990 (when there was a swing against Labour) and the new Labour candidate, Taito Phillip Field, was defeated by Trevor Rogers of the National Party.

In the 1993 election, Trevor Rogers moved east to the new Howick electorate, which covered higher-income suburbs that traditionally voted for National. Taito Phillip Field won the electorate against Mr. Frith of National. When the Otara electorate was abolished in 1996, Field transferred to the Mangere electorate.

Members of Parliament[edit]


 Labour    National  

Election Winner
1984 election Colin Moyle
1987 election
1990 election Trevor Rogers
1993 election Taito Phillip Field
Electorate abolished in 1996


  1. ^ McRobie 1989, pp. 123f.
  2. ^ McRobie 1989, pp. 111, 123.
  3. ^ McRobie 1989, pp. 119–124.
  4. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 221.


  • McRobie, Alan (1989). Electoral Atlas of New Zealand. Wellington: GP Books. ISBN 0-477-01384-8. 
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.