West Auckland (New Zealand electorate)

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For the earlier electorate, see Auckland West. For the village in England, see West Auckland.

West Auckland is a former New Zealand parliamentary electorate on the western outskirts of Auckland, created for the 1984 election from part of the former Helensville electorate. The electorate was abolished for the 1993 election, and split between Henderson and Waitakere electorates.

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 West Auckland), three electorates were recreated, and six electorates were abolished.[3]

In 1984 the electorate included Kumeu, Hobsonville, Henderson, Ranui and Waitakere;[4] much of the area had previously been in the southern part of the Helensville electorate.[5] In 1987 it was moved to the south, losing Hobsonville and much of Kumeu while gaining Titirangi and Piha.

History[edit]

Jack Elder of the Labour Party was elected in 1984 as West Auckland electorate's representative;[6] he had in the previous two elections stood unsuccessfully in the Helensville electorate.[7] When the West Auckland electorate was abolished in 1993, Elder successfully stood in the Henderson electorate.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Key

 Labour  

Election Winner
1984 election Jack Elder
1987 election
1990 election
Electorate abolished in 1993

Election results[edit]

1990 election[edit]

1990 general election: West Auckland[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jack Elder 6,949 39.3 -17.0
National L Wicks 6,697 37.9
Green C A Stone 1,821 10.3
NewLabour P Whinray 980 5.5
Independent Tim Shadbolt 541 3.0
Independent P J Fallon 311 1.7
Democrats R Wilson 223 1.2
McGillicuddy Serious J E Way 89 0.5
Independent J D Howard 48 0.2
Majority 252 1.4 -15.6
Turnout 17,659

1987 election[edit]

General election, 1987: West Auckland[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jack Elder 9,404 56.3 +8.0
National Ben Couch 6,560 39.3
Democrats G C James 590 3.5
NZ Party G A Philips 101 0.6
Independent R R Wahrlrich 59 0.3
Majority 2,844 17.0 +6.7
Turnout 19,858 87.1 -7.4

1984 election[edit]

General election, 1984: West Auckland[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jack Elder 10,369 48.3
National Dail Jones 8,140 38.0
NZ Party A Patel 1,901 8.9
Social Credit M G Webber 965 4.5
Independent S I Clews 52 0.2
Mana Motuhake N Te Hira 21 0.1
Majority 2,229 10.3
Turnout 23,247 94.5

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ McRobie 1989, pp. 123f.
  2. ^ McRobie 1989, pp. 111, 123.
  3. ^ McRobie 1989, pp. 119–124.
  4. ^ McRobie 1989, p. 123.
  5. ^ McRobie 1989, pp. 119, 123.
  6. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 194.
  7. ^ Norton 1988, p. 242.
  8. ^ Part 1: Votes recorded at each polling place (Technical report). New Zealand Chief Electoral Office. 1990. 
  9. ^ a b Norton 1988, pp. 388.

References[edit]

  • Norton, Clifford (1988). New Zealand Parliamentary Election Results 1946–1987: Occasional Publications No 1, Department of Political Science. Wellington: Victoria University of Wellington. ISBN 0-475-11200-8. 
  • 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.