New names and boundaries for electorates

The final names and boundaries for electorates in the next election have been announced.

The biggest change is the addition of a whole new electorate to the South of Auckland’s CBD. It will be called Takanini.
It will bring the total number of Auckland region electorates up to 25.

Another significant change will take place around Dunedin, which had two electorates. Because of population changes, Dunedin North will now cover most of the city, and simply be called… Dunedin. A few southern bits of the city (and towns like Mosgiel) have been pulled together with more rural South Otago areas, to form the renamed electorate of Taieri.

The number of Māori electorates will remain at seven, but boundary changes will be made to five of them.

Changes are also being made in Nelson, Whangārei, the Waikato region, and the Bay of Plenty region.

Overall, 31 general electorates have been left unchanged.

There have also been some name changes with 11 electorates have new or amended names. The changes have been made to better reflect
the geographic areas and communities they cover:
• Whangarei becomes Whangārei
• Helensville becomes Kaipara ki Mahurangi
• Rodney becomes Whangaparāoa
• Manukau East becomes Panmure-Ōtāhuhu
• Flat Bush, the proposed name for the new
electorate, becomes Takanini
• Hunua becomes Port Waikato
• Rimutaka becomes Remutaka
• Port Hills becomes Banks Peninsula
• Dunedin North becomes Dunedin
• Dunedin South becomes Taieri
• Clutha-Southland becomes Southland

Click here to see the new boundaries on the vote.nz website

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