Frus­tra­tion over bound­ary changes

Central Leader - - MILESTONES - CA­TRIN OWEN

Auck­land had some of the big­gest elec­torate bound­ary shake­ups in 2014 and some res­i­dents are still not happy with them.

Just be­fore the last elec­tion the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion made changes to 46 elec­torates across the coun­try to ac­com­mo­date pop­u­la­tion changes in cer­tain ar­eas.

Elec­torate bound­aries are re­viewed after every cen­sus, which takes place every four years. The changes are based on a for­mula which en­sures elec­torates have a sim­i­lar num­ber of peo­ple for equal rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

Bound­ary changes were made to the Mt Al­bert, Auck­land Cen­tral, Ep­som, Maun­gakiekie, Mt Roskill, New Wind­sor, New Lynn and Ta­maki elec­torates.

The Auck­land re­gion in­creased from 23 to 24 elec­torates, with Up­per Har­bour be­ing added.

The sub­urbs of Grey Lynn and West­mere were moved from the Auck­land Cen­tral elec­torate to Mt Al­bert while Grafton moved into Auck­land cen­tral from Ep­som.

The sub­urb of Royal Oak moved from the Maun­gakiekie elec­torate to Mt Roskill and San­dring­ham moved from the Mt Al­bert elec­torate to Mt Roskill.

A to­tal of 128 ob­jec­tions were made for the shake-up to the Mt Roskill elec­torate. The ma­jor­ity op­posed an area within the Ep­som elec­torate also be­ing moved into the Mt Roskill elec­torate.

Nearly four years later and some peo­ple still haven’t ad­justed to the new bound­aries.

Auck­lan­ders have ex­pressed their angst over the changes on so­cial me­dia web­site Neigh­bourly.

Royal Oak res­i­dent Ann Sands said she no longer feels part of the Mt Roskill elec­torate.

‘‘I get the feel­ing that the can­di­dates have for­got­ten about us here in Royal Oak.’’

West­mere res­i­dent Don Mathew­son said he was an­noyed at the changes.

The Auck­land cen­tral elec­torate suited the way he voted and when West­mere moved into the Mt Al­bert it put his vote in the mi­nor­ity.

He voted on be­half of an old work as­so­ciate rather than cast­ing a val­ued party vote and was likely to do the same this year, he said.

Ian New­ton from Grey Lynn said he was grate­ful for the party vote but ‘‘gut­ted’’ the changes moved him into a ‘‘strong Labour elec­torate’’.

SIMON MAUDE/STUFF

More than 409 ob­jec­tions were re­ceived in 2014 over the bound­ary changes across New Zealand.

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