West Coast-Tasman

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West Coast-Tasman electorate boundaries used since the 2008 election

West Coast-Tasman is a New Zealand parliamentary electorate. Since its formation for the 1996 election, it has been held by Damien O'Connor of the Labour Party apart from one parliamentary term, when National's Chris Auchinvole was the representative from 2008 to 2011.

Population centres[edit]

West Coast-Tasman is the second-largest general electorate in New Zealand, behind Clutha-Southland. It is one of the longest. The Representation Commission last adjusted the boundaries in the 2007 review, which first applied at the 2008 election, when the northern boundary moved closer to Nelson, and Wakefield, Foxhill and Belgrove were added.[1] The electorate was not changed in the 2013/14 review.[2]

The electorate includes the following population centres:

History[edit]

The electorate was formed in 1996 for the Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) voting system by combining the former Tasman and West Coast electorates.

Damien O'Connor was the first representative and he held the electorate until the 2008 general election, when he was beaten by National candidate Chris Auchinvole, who had previously been a list MP. Auchinvole's majority was 971.[3] His position on the Labour Party list meant that O'Connor couldn't return to Parliament immediately. When the list MP Michael Cullen retired in May 2009, O'Connor regained his position as Member of the House of Representatives because he was the highest-ranked candidate on the list not already an MP.[4] In contrast to the overall trend, he regained the electorate in the 2011 election.[5]

Auchinvole retired from politics at the end of the 2011–2014 parliamentary term, and former Mayor of Westland District, Maureen Pugh, gained the nomination for the National Party.[6][7] O'Connor was once again successful. Based on preliminary results for the 2014 election, Pugh was the lowest-ranked National Party list member who was returned to Parliament,[8][9] but when the final results were released two weeks later, National had lost one list seat and Pugh did not get returned to Parliament.[10]

Members of Parliament[edit]

West Coast-Tasman has been represented by two electorate MPs so far:

Key

 Labour    National    Green  

Election Winner
1996 election Damien O'Connor
1999 election
2002 election
2005 election
2008 election Chris Auchinvole
2011 election Damien O'Connor
2014 election

List MPs[edit]

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

Election Winner
2005 election Chris Auchinvole
2008 election Kevin Hague
2009 Damien O'Connor1
2011 election Chris Auchinvole
Kevin Hague
2014 election Kevin Hague
2016 Maureen Pugh2

1In the 2008 election Damien O'Connor's list position of 37 meant he was not returned until Michael Cullen resigned in May 2009.
2In the 2014 election Maureen Pugh's list position of 52 meant she became elected after Tim Groser resigned in December 2015. She assumed office in early 2016.

Election results[edit]

2014 election[edit]

General election 2014: West Coast-Tasman[11]

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.
A Green tickY or Red XN denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party Votes % ±%
Labour Green tickY Damien O'Connor 16,747 46.80 -0.71 8,438 23.40 -3.85
National Maureen Pugh 12,653 35.36 -4.49 16,058 44.54 -1.25
Green Kevin Hague 2,385 6.67 +0.23 4,658 12.92 -1.26
Ban 1080 Pete Salter 2,318 6.48 +6.48 942 2.61 +2.61
Conservative Claire Holley 1,031 2.88 +1.00 1,837 5.10 +1.92
Independent Steven Wilkinson 228 0.64 -0.72
Money Free Party Laurence Bloomert 50 0.14 +0.14
NZ First   3,123 8.66 +2.94
Internet Mana   271 0.75 +0.48
Legalise Cannabis   210 0.58 -0.16
Māori   102 0.28 -0.15
ACT   94 0.26 -0.56
United Future   71 0.20 -1.19
Democrats   25 0.07 -0.03
Independent Coalition   14 0.04 +0.04
Civilian   11 0.03 +0.03
Focus   7 0.02 +0.02
Informal votes 373 192
Total Valid votes 35,785 36,053
Labour hold Majority 4,094 11.44 +3.78

2011 election[edit]

General election 2011: West Coast-Tasman[12]

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.
A Green tickY or Red XN denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party Votes % ±%
Labour Damien O'Connor 15,753 47.51 +3.85 9,200 27.25 -6.22
National Red XN Chris Auchinvole 13,214 39.85 -6.66 15,462 45.79 +1.72
Green Kevin Hague 2,123 6.40 +0.23 4,787 14.18 +3.32
Conservative Claire Holley 623 1.88 +1.88 1,075 3.18 +3.18
ACT Allan Birchfield 487 1.47 +1.47 278 0.82 -1.34
United Future Clyde Graf 454 1.37 +0.63 468 1.39 +0.23
Legalise Cannabis Steven Wilkinson 450 1.36 -0.47 249 0.74 +0.14
Youth Robert Terry 52 0.16 +0.01
NZ First   1,931 5.72 +1.91
Māori   145 0.43 -0.20
Mana   91 0.27 +0.27
Democrats   33 0.10 -0.01
Libertarianz   31 0.09 +0.03
Alliance   16 0.05 -0.04
Informal votes 628 288
Total Valid votes 33,156 33,766
Labour gain from National Majority 2,539 7.66 +10.51

Electorate (as at 26 November 2011): 44,556[13]

2008 election[edit]

General election 2008: West Coast-Tasman[14]

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.
A Green tickY or Red XN denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party Votes % ±%
National Chris Auchinvole 15,844 46.51 +5.59 15,187 44.07
Labour Red XN Damien O'Connor 14,873 43.66 -4.03 11,532 33.46
Green Kevin Hague 2,102 6.17 +1.38 3,740 10.85
Legalise Cannabis Steven Wilkinson 623 1.83 +0.21 206 0.60
McGillicuddy Serious Steve Richards 259 0.76
United Future Jocelyn Smith 252 0.74 -1.33 398 1.15
NZ Representative Party Reg Turner 62 0.18
Aotearoa NZ Youth Party Robert Terry 50 0.15
NZ First   1,313 3.81
ACT   744 2.16
Kiwi   349 1.01
Progressive   292 0.85
Bill and Ben   243 0.71
Māori   216 0.63
Family Party   122 0.35
Democrats   37 0.11
Alliance   29 0.08
Libertarianz   20 0.06
Workers Party   14 0.04
Pacific   10 0.03
RAM   5 0.01
RONZ   3 0.01
Informal votes 366 223
Total Valid votes 34,065 34,460
National gain from Labour Majority 971 2.85

2005 election[edit]

General election 2005: West Coast-Tasman[15]

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.
A Green tickY or Red XN denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party Votes % ±%
Labour Green tickY Damien O'Connor 15,178 47.69 -6.14 12,012 37.22
National Chris Auchinvole 13,024 40.93 +13.05 12,776 39.59
Green Richard Davies 1,526 4.80 2,913 9.03
United Future Milton Osborne 658 2.07 977 3.03
Legalise Cannabis Steve Wilkinson 515 1.62 174 0.54
Progressive Lew Holland 358 1.12 558 1.73
Christian Heritage Derek Blight 314 0.99 131 0.41
ACT Kevin Gill 251 0.79 348 1.08
NZ First   2,029 6.29
Māori   118 0.37
Destiny   111 0.34
Democrats   30 0.09
Libertarianz   21 0.07
Alliance   20 0.06
Family Rights   12 0.04
One NZ   11 0.03
99 MP   10 0.03
Direct Democracy   10 0.03
RONZ   10 0.03
Informal votes 354 131
Total Valid votes 31,824 32,271
Labour hold Majority 2,154 6.77 -19.18

References[edit]

  1. ^ Report of the Representation Commission 2007 (PDF). Representation Commission. 14 September 2007. p. 9. ISBN 978-0-477-10414-2. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Report of the Representation Commission 2014 (PDF). Representation Commission. 4 April 2014. p. 10. ISBN 978-0-477-10414-2. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Official Count Results -- West Coast-Tasman". Chief Electoral Office, Wellington. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "O'Connor to return to Parliament". Radio New Zealand. 13 April 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-05-05. 
  5. ^ "O'Connor on course to grab West Coast seat". AAP. Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Pugh to seek Coast seat". The Nelson Mail. 16 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Conway, Glenn (16 December 2013). "Former Westland mayor to stand for National". The Press. 
  8. ^ Mathewson, Nicole; Stylianou, Georgina; Fulton, Tim (21 September 2014). "Election 2014: Canterbury decides". The Press. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  9. ^ Farrar, David (21 September 2014). "Election 2014: All the MPs for each party, plus those who failed to make the cut". National Business Review. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  10. ^ Rutherford, Hamish (4 October 2014). "National loses majority, Greens pick up one". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  11. ^ 2014 election results
  12. ^ 2011 election results
  13. ^ "Enrolment statistics". Electoral Commission. 26 November 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  14. ^ "Official Count Results -- West Coast-Tasman". Chief Electoral Office. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  15. ^ "Official Count Results -- West Coast-Tasman". Chief Electoral Office. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 

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