Changes for Waikato bound­aries

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The Rep­re­sen­ta­tion Com­mis­sion has an­nounced new elec­toral bound­aries.

This process hap­pens af­ter ev­ery cen­sus as the pop­u­la­tion in­creases and re­lo­cates around the coun­try. New elec­toral bound­aries are de­ter­mined to en­sure that each MP rep­re­sents a sim­i­lar num­ber of peo­ple so con­stituents have ac­cess to their MP.

Due to pop­u­la­tion in­creases in the greater Auck­land re­gion the to­tal num­ber of na­tion­wide elec­torates will in­crease by one giv­ing a to­tal of 71, up from 70.

Waikato MP Lind­say Tisch said: ‘‘As part of this re­or­gan­i­sa­tion of bound­aries sev­eral changes have been made to the Waikato seat I cur­rently rep­re­sent.

‘‘The area west of Hamil­ton and north of Raglan to Ngaru­awahia will now be in­cluded in the Taranaki-King Coun­try elec­torate.

‘‘ Taranaki- King Coun­try al­ready in­cludes Raglan town­ship and it is a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion to in­clude the ru­ral area around the town as well,’’ Mr Tisch said.

Other changes mean that the area around Hor­sham Downs in the Waikato elec­torate will move to the Hamil­ton West Elec­torate.

‘‘Some of this area is within the Hamil­ton City bound­ary and as many res­i­dents make their liveli­hoods in Hamil­ton City they will no doubt feel a strong as­so­ci­a­tion with it,’’ Mr Tisch said.

‘‘The other area that is lost from the Waikato Elec­torate is the north-east­ern part which bor­ders on the Firth of Thames. This area has a close link through lo­cal gov­ern­ment to the Coro­man­del and Thames and the cur­rent area pro­posal is for this to be in­cluded in the Coro­man­del elec­torate.’’

To com­pen­sate for the loss of pop­u­la­tion in th­ese ar­eas the Waikato Elec­torate has been ex­tended in the north to south of Pukekohe and Waiuku.

‘‘ It will be sad to lose th­ese friends and con­nec­tions I have made in re­cent years but given the log­i­cal de­ci­sion of the com- mis­sion and know­ing the cur­rent MPs from th­ese elec­torates I am sure that fair and ac­ces­si­ble rep­re­sen­ta­tion will con­tinue for th­ese Con­stituents,’’ Mr Tisch said.

Pub­lic sub­mis­sions on the pro­posed new bound­aries will oc­cur from De­cem­ber to Fe­bru­ary with fi­nal bound­aries an­nounced in mid-April next year.

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