Upper Harbour (New Zealand electorate)

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Electorate boundaries for the Upper Harbour electorate, which was first formed for the 2014 election

Upper Harbour is a parliamentary electorate in Auckland that returns one member to the New Zealand House of Representatives. It was first formed for the 2014 election and was won by National's Paula Bennett.

Population centres[edit]

Upper Harbour covers an area astride upper, north-western reaches of Waitematā Harbour. It stretches from Massey, in West Auckland, through West Harbour and Hobsonville, and across to Greenhithe and on to Glenfield and Unsworth Heights on the North Shore.[1]

History[edit]

Upper Harbour was proposed in the 2013/14 electorate boundary review and confirmed by the Electoral Commission on 17 April 2014.[2] The increase in population in the Auckland region as recorded in the 2013 census meant an extra electorate was required to keep all electorates within five percent of their quota. To accommodate an extra electorate the Electoral Commission abolished Waitakere and established two new electorates, namely Upper Harbour and Kelston.[2]

When the draft changes to electorate boundaries were first announced, the incumbent of the Waitakere electorate, Paula Bennett, was quick to announce that she would stand in Upper Harbour instead. This was to prevent Colin Craig of the Conservative Party making a claim for the electorate, as at the time, there was speculation whether the National Party would make a deal with the Conservatives for a safe seat in line with the agreement with ACT New Zealand in the Epsom electorate.[3] Bennett won the 2014 election with a majority of nearly 10,000 votes of Labour's Hermann Retzlaff.[4]

Members of Parliament[edit]

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

Key  National  

Election Winner
2014 election Paula Bennett
2017 election

As of 2014 no candidates that have contested the Upper Harbour electorate have been returned as list MPs.

Election results[edit]

2017 election[edit]

General election, 2017: Upper Harbour[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 Paula Bennett 19,857 19,722 54.0
Labour Jin An 10,301 11,793 32.3
Green James Goodhue 2,688 1,484
NZ First Jane Johnston 2,192 2,092
ACT Bruce Haycock 358 246
Opportunities   597
Conservative   144
Māori   112
Legalise Cannabis   88
People's Party   25
Mana   24
United Future   21
Internet   14
Outdoors   11
Ban 1080   9
Democrats   6
Informal votes 429 114
Total Valid votes 35,825 36,502
National hold Majority 9,556

2014 election[edit]

General election, 2014: Upper Harbour[4]
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 Paula Bennett 18,315 55.95 20,853 54.25
Labour Hermann Retzlaff 8,623 26.34 4,965 23.36
Green Nicholas Mayne 2,619 8.00 2,329 6.97
Conservative Callum Blair 1,839 5.61 1,613 4.82
ACT Stephen Berry 549 1.67 450 1.34
Māori Hinurewa Te Hau 246 0.75 119 0.35
Mana Party Makelesi Ngata 204 0.62
NZ First   2,311 6.91
Internet Mana   432 0.85
Legalise Cannabis   129 0.38
United Future   69 0.20
Civilian   14 0.04
Ban 1080   13 0.03
Independent Coalition   7 0.02
Focus   4 0.01
Democrats   4 0.01
Informal votes 338 130
Total Valid votes 32,733 33,403
Turnout 33,420 73.42[6]
National win new seat Majority 9,692 29.61

References[edit]

  1. ^ McQuillan, Laura; Marwick, Felix (21 November 2013). "Sweeping changes to electorates". Newstalk ZB. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "New electorate boundaries finalised". Electoral Commission. 2014. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Small, Vernon (22 November 2013). "Bennett won't make way for Craig". The Dominion Post. Fairfax New Zealand. Archived from the original on 9 June 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Official Count Results – Upper Harbour". Electoral Commission. 4 October 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Official Count Results -- Upper Harbour". Wellington: New Zealand Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 December 2017. 
  6. ^ "2014 General Election Voter Turnout Statistics – Upper Harbour". Electoral Commission. 21 January 2016. Retrieved 21 January 2016. 

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