The bat­tle lines have now of­fi­cially been re­drawn in an elec­toral seat shake-up. re­ports.

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Two sub­urbs have been given the boot from Auck­land Cen­tral in elec­torate bound­ary changes.

Grey Lynn and West­mere now fall un­der the Mt Al­bert seat while Auck­land Cen­tral has gained pop­u­la­tion in Grafton from the Ep­som elec­torate.

Oust­ing Grey Lynn has dis­ap­pointed many res­i­dents, Grey Lynn Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Dan Salmon says.

The com­mu­nity sees it­self as an in­ner-city sub­urb rather than one on the out­skirts, he says.

‘‘We had a long-stand­ing con­nec­tion with Auck­land Cen­tral and we were wellserved by hav­ing a swing seat with both par­ties com­pet­ing for our at­ten­tion. Hav­ing a swing seat is a re­ally healthy thing,’’ Salmon says.

‘‘Now we’re part of what looks like a safe seat – life’s got a bit duller in Grey Lynn.’’

The changes, re­leased last week by the Elec­toral Com- mis­sion for the next two elec­tions, take into ac­count op­po­si­tion and coun­terop­po­si­tion to pro­posed bound­aries made pub­lic in Novem­ber ( Auck­land City Har­bour News, Novem­ber 27).

The com­mis­sion re­ceived 17 ob­jec­tions to the pro­posal to split Grey Lynn be­tween Mt Al­bert and Auck­land Cen­tral.

The bound­aries are based on a for­mula which en­sures elec­torates have a sim­i­lar num­ber of peo­ple to main- tain equal rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

Auck­land is one of the ar­eas most af­fected by the changes tak­ing into ac­count big pop­u­la­tion swings.

Both Auck­land Cen­tral MP Nikki Kaye and Labour’s Jacinda Ardern still plan to fight for the Auck­land Cen­tral elec­torate in the next elec­tion.

Ardern says it is a ‘‘slightly strange’’ de­ci­sion to lose parts of Grey Lynn and West­mere from the elec­torate.

‘‘I’m aware that a


of peo­ple wanted Grey Lynn to re­main as part of Auck­land Cen­tral but the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion made a dif­fer­ent de­ci­sion.’’

It will be a ‘‘re­ally in­ter­est­ing’’ race, she says.

Kaye re­jects the idea that the changes make the seat safer for her­self.

‘‘I as­sume noth­ing. I will be run­ning an even big­ger cam­paign than last round – I take noth­ing for granted.’’

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