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