Taranaki-King Country

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Taranaki-King Country electorate boundaries used since the 2014 election

Taranaki-King Country is a New Zealand parliamentary electorate, returning one Member of Parliament to the New Zealand House of Representatives. The current MP for Taranaki-King Country is Barbara Kuriger of the National Party. She has held this position since the 2014 General Election.

Population centres[edit]

Taranaki-King Country stretches down the western coast of the North Island, starting at the outskirts of Hamilton, through to the King Country towns of Te Awamutu, Otorohanga and Te Kuiti, and ending in the northern Taranaki region, to take in the northern section of the New Plymouth urban area and all of Stratford District. From 2008, it has included the town of Raglan.

The boundaries have gradually been expanded as the population has fallen, relative to the overall population of the country. At the 2013 revision the proposed boundaries received the third highest number (25) of objections in the country.[1] After the 2013 revision the constituency covered parts of 3 regional councils and 7 district councils (Waikato District, Waipa District, Otorohanga District, Waitomo District, New Plymouth District, Stratford District, Ruapehu District), including Hamilton Airport.

History[edit]

The seat was created ahead of the introduction of mixed-member proportional voting in 1996 from most of the old King Country seat with parts of Taranaki, Waitotara in the south and Waipa in the area around Hamilton. All these seats were safe National seats covering rural areas traditionally loyal to the National Party, the new seat remained faithful to old allegiances in the face of a large swing to New Zealand First in the central North Island at the 1996 election. The first MP for Taranaki-King Country was the then Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jim Bolger.

Having been ousted from the leadership of his party, Bolger accepted the role of Ambassador to the United States in the middle of 1998, and triggered the 1998 by-election. Despite a large swing to ACT Party candidate Owen Jennings, Bolger's chosen successor Shane Ardern won a narrow victory on a heavily reduced turnout. Since the 1998 byelection, Taranaki-King Country has reverted to form, giving Ardern two out of every three votes cast in 2005, 2008 and 2011.

Members of Parliament[edit]

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

Key

 National    Alliance    Labour  

Election Winner
1996 election Jim Bolger
1998 by-election Shane Ardern
1999 election
2002 election
2005 election
2008 election
2011 election
2014 election Barbara Kuriger

List MPs[edit]

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

Election Winner
1999 election Kevin Campbell
2005 election Maryan Street

Election results[edit]

2014 election[edit]

General election, 2014: Taranaki-King Country[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 Barbara Kuriger 22,328 68.17 -1.48 20,637 61.46 +1.02
Labour Penny Gaylor 5,555 16.96 +2.26 4,483 13.35 -2.60
Green Robert Moore 3,091 9.44 +0.02 2,422 7.21 -1.02
Conservative Edward Aish 1,420 4.34 +4.34 1,907 5.68 +1.88
Internet Grant Keinzley 209 0.64 +0.64
Democrats David Espin 152 0.46 +0.46 20 0.06 -0.02
NZ First   3,182 9.48 +2.22
Internet Mana   191 0.57 +0.30
Māori   185 0.55 -0.12
Legalise Cannabis   163 0.49 -0.08
Ban 1080   156 0.46 +0.46
ACT   120 0.36 -1.13
United Future   85 0.25 -0.85
Civilian   11 0.03 +0.03
Independent Coalition   9 0.03 +0.03
Focus   8 0.02 +0.02
Informal votes 463 99
Total Valid votes 33,218 33,678
National hold Majority 16,773 51.21 +0.78

2011 election[edit]

General election, 2011: Taranaki-King Country[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 % ±%
National Green tickY Shane Ardern 20,842 69.65 +0.97 18,759 60.44 +0.90
Labour Rick Barker 5,753 19.22 -0.33 4,950 15.95 -5.24
Green Robert Moore 2,819 9.42 +1.01 2,554 8.23 +3.25
United Future Victoria Rogers 511 1.71 +1.71 340 1.10 +0.30
NZ First   2,252 7.26 +2.76
Conservative   1,180 3.80 +3.80
ACT   461 1.49 -3.57
Māori   209 0.67 -0.34
Legalise Cannabis   181 0.58 +0.23
Mana   83 0.27 +0.27
Democrats   25 0.08 -0.17
Alliance   24 0.08 -0.01
Libertarianz   20 0.06 +0.01
Informal votes 1,046 251
Total Valid votes 29,925 31,038
National hold Majority 15,089 50.42 +1.30

Electorate (as at 11 November 2011): 41,152[4]

2008 election[edit]

General election, 2008: Taranaki-King Country[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 % ±%
National Green tickY Shane Ardern 21,834 68.67 19,232 59.54
Labour Renée van de Weert 6,216 19.55 6,844 21.19
Green Rob Hamill 2,675 8.41 1,607 4.97
ACT William Izard 767 2.41 1,634 5.06
Democrats Iain Parker 302 0.95 82 0.25
NZ First   1,451 4.49
Māori   327 1.01
United Future   258 0.80
Bill and Ben   244 0.76
Progressive   192 0.59
Kiwi   151 0.47
Legalise Cannabis   114 0.35
Family Party   96 0.30
Alliance   28 0.09
Libertarianz   16 0.05
Workers Party   13 0.04
Pacific   9 0.03
RONZ   3 0.01
RAM   1 0.00
Informal votes 391 153
Total Valid votes 31,794 32,302
National hold Majority 15,618 49.12

2005 election[edit]

General election, 2005: Taranaki-King Country[6]
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 Green tickY Shane Ardern 20,867 67.62 +16.43 17,760 56.42
Labour Maryan Street 7,749 25.11 +0.16 7,886 25.05
United Future Anne Copeland 568 1.84 638 2.03
ACT Richard Steele 547 1.77 659 2.09
Progressive William Smith 510 1.65 256 0.81
Destiny Tony Harrison 425 1.38 279 0.89
Christian Heritage Mark Jones 195 0.63 70 0.22
NZ First   2,538 8.06
Green   990 3.15
Māori   191 0.61
Legalise Cannabis   89 0.28
Democrats   35 0.11
Libertarianz   20 0.06
Alliance   15 0.05
One NZ   13 0.04
Direct Democracy   12 0.04
99 MP   10 0.03
Family Rights   8 0.03
RONZ   8 0.03
Informal votes 411 139
Total Valid votes 30,861 31,477
National hold Majority 13,118 42.51 +16.27

1999 election[edit]

Refer to Candidates in the New Zealand general election 1999 by electorate#Taranaki-King Country for a list of candidates.

1998 by-election[edit]

Taranaki-King Country by-election, 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Shane Ardern 5,953 29.43
ACT Owen Jennings 4,965 24.55
Labour Max Purnell 3,546 17.53
Alliance Kevin Campbell 3,208 15.46
Christian Heritage Ewen McQueen 561 2.77
NZ First Robin Ord 560 2.77
Green Cindy McDonald 503 2.49
Legalise Cannabis Michael Appleby 393 1.94
United NZ Pauline Gardiner 127 0.63
Independent Doug Wilson 127 0.63
McGillicuddy Serious Paul Cooke 76 0.38
Independent Brett Power 56 0.28
Animals First Alistair McKellow 49 0.24
Independent Greg Walker 32 0.16
Social Credit Avon James Harris 17 0.08
Natural Law Tony Martin 17 0.08
Independent Victor Bryers 15 0.07
Youth Independence Robert Terry 10 0.05
Mana Wahine Mary Gilmore 7 0.03
Progressive Party R. Dell 3 0.01
Majority 984 4.87
Turnout 20,225
National hold Swing -32.51

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