If history repeats it may be another tight race for the hotly contested Auckland Central electorate. Jess Lee gives a snapshot of the area ahead of election day.
So far it looks like efforts to entice Auckland Central’s youth to head to the ballot boxes have failed, with less than half of 18 to 24-yearolds and 25 to 29-year-olds living in Auckland Central enrolled to vote in the electorate as at August 20.
Auckland Central’s boundaries now run along the waterfront from Mechanics Bay in the east to Herne Bay in the west, and include the inner-city suburbs of Ponsonby, St Marys Bay, Freemans Bay, Newton and Grafton.
Boundary changes earlier this year mean Grey Lynn and Westmere residents are now part of the Mt Albert electorate.
Incumbent National MP Nikki Kaye is hoping to hold on to the seat which she won with a majority of just 717 votes at the 2011 election.
Kaye pulled the seat from under Labour’s Judith Tizard in 2008 with a 1497 vote majority. That was the first time the National Party had won the seat.
The electorate has a large Asian population, with 31.5 per cent of people identifying themselves as being of Asian ethnicity. The European population sits at 63.7 per cent, while 6.8 per cent of people identify themselves as Maori and 4.1 per cent of people as Pacific Islanders.
It is a predominantly welleducated electorate with more than 19,000 people holding a bachelor degree, level seven qualification, masters or doctorate.
The Auckland Central electorate holds the title for the lowest enrolment for under-30s in the country. Of all the 18 to 24-year-olds living in Auckland Central, about 41 per cent are enrolled to vote in the electorate this year. This is compared to 72 per cent nationally.
The number of 25 to 29-year-olds enrolled to vote in Auckland Central also stacks up poorly against national figures, with about 47 per cent enrolled compared with more than 77 per cent across the country.
But the electorate has some of the highest numbers of 60 to 64-year-olds and people aged 70 and older enrolled, with more than 99 per cent of each group ready to cast a vote this year.
Dasha Kovalenko, ACT
Jacinda Ardern, Labour
Nikki Kaye, National
Denise Roche, Green Party