Elec­tion 2014

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.

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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

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