Changes for Waikato boundaries
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.