LAB 15.07% vs NAT
Chris Hipkins, since 2008.
Wellington region. Rimutaka covers the Upper Hutt Valley, in the suburbs of Wellington. Suburbs in Rimutaka include Avalon, Blue Mountains, Heretaunga, Mangaroa, Maoribank, Naenae, Parkdale, Pomare, Riverstone Terraces, Silverstream, Stokes Valley, Taita, Te Marua, Trentham, Upper Hutt and Wallaceville. The electorate covers most of the Upper Hutt council area, and a small part of the Lower Hutt council area.
Changes were made to Rimutaka’s south-western boundary, losing Kelson and Belmont to Hutt South, and gaining Naenae from Hutt South. These changes increased the Labour margin from 9.9% to 15.1%.
Rimutaka has existed since the 1996 election. A single electorate called ‘Hutt’ covered the Hutt Valley from 1902 to 1978, when the seat was split into ‘Eastern Hutt’ and ‘Western Hutt’. In 1996, the boundaries were realigned, with Eastern Hutt becoming Rimutaka and Western Hutt becoming Hutt South. Hutt, Eastern Hutt and Rimutaka have been continuously held by Labour since 1929.
The Liberal Party’s Thomas Wilford won Hutt in 1902. He had previously served two terms representing the ‘Wellington Suburbs’ electorate. Wilford went on to lead the Liberal Party in the 1920s, and resigned in 1929.
The 1929 by-election was won by Labour’s Walter Nash. He served as Minister for Finance in Labour governments from 1935 to 1949, Labour leader from 1951 to 1963, and Prime Minister from 1957 to 1960. He died in 1968.
Nash’s death in 1968 triggered a by-election, won by Labour’s Trevor Young. Young held Hutt until 1978, when the seat was split between Eastern Hutt and Western Hutt. Young held Eastern Hutt from 1978 until his retirement in 1990.
Paul Swain won Eastern Hutt in 1990. He held it for two terms, and then won Rimutaka in 1996. He held Rimutaka until 2008.
Labour MP Chris Hipkins has held Rimutaka since 2008.
- Chris Hipkins (Labour #9), Member for Rimutaka.
- Lewis Holden (National)
- Aaron Hunt (New Zealand First #26)
- Philip Lynch (Conservative #18)
- Susanne Ruthven (Green #25)
Rimutaka is a reasonably safe Labour seat.
2011 election results
|Electorate Votes||Party Votes|
|New Zealand First||2,148||6.26||+2.17||6.52|
Booths in Rimutaka have been split into east, central and west.
Labour’s vote was highest in the east, and lowest in the centre. Labour won a majority of the electorate vote in the east and west, and a narrow plurality of the electorate vote. On the party vote, Labour won a plurality in the east and National won a plurality in both central and west.
|Voter group||Electorate votes||Party votes||Total||% of votes|