NAT 30.01% vs LAB
Upper Harbour is a newly-drawn electorate. It takes in parts of three electorates:
- John Key (National), Member for Helensville since 2002.
- Murray McCully (National), Member for East Coast Bays since 2002, previously Member for East Coast Bays 1987-1996, Member for Albany 1996-2002.
- Phil Twyford (Labour), Member for Te Atatū since 2011, previously list MP 2008-2011.
None of these three electorates have been abolished, and none of these local MPs will be running in Upper Harbour.
Outer north-western suburbs of Auckland. The electorate covers suburbs on both sides of the harbour right on the Auckland urban fringe, including Albany, Glenfield, Greenhithe, Hobsonville, Massey, Massey West, Royal Heights and West Harbour.
Upper Harbour is an entirely new electorate. Approximately half of the seat came from the seat of Helensville, which stretches out to cover rural fringe areas to the northwest of Auckland. The remainder comes from Te Atatū, in the western suburbs, and East Coast Bays in the northern suburbs.
Upper Harbour is an entirely new electorate, and doesn’t replace any specific previous electorates.
The National electorate of Waitakere, covering suburbs and rural areas to the west of Auckland, was abolished in the redistribution. Upper Harbour is expected to be won by Paula Bennett, a National MP for nine years – the last six holding Waitakere.
- Paula Bennett (National #9), Member for Waitakere 2008-2014, previously list MP 2005-2008.
- Stephen Berry (ACT #6)
- Callum Blair (Conservative #6)
- Nicholas Mayne (Green #48)
- Makelesi Ngata (Mana #15)
- Hermann Retzlaff (Labour)
- Hinurewa Te Hau (Maori #13)
Upper Harbour’s suburbs are very safe areas for the National Party, and it seems very unlikely the seat will not be won easily by National.
2011 election results
|Party||Candidate votes||Party votes|
|New Zealand First||5.40|
Booths in Upper Harbour have been divided into four areas: two to the west of the harbour, and two to the east. From southwest to northeast, these areas are Massey, West Harbour, Greenhithe and Glenfield.
National won massive electorate vote majorities of 73-84% in West Harbour and Greenhithe, and smaller 58% majority in Glenfield. Labour won a 50.7% majority in Massey. The National Party won in Greenhithe over Labour with a margin of 76.6%.
On the party vote, National again won a majority (but a smaller one) in three areas, but also won a plurality in Massey.
The Green Party came third on both the electorate and party vote, with a vote peaking in Glenfield and being lowest in West Harbour. New Zealand First also polled over 5% on the party vote, with a vote ranging from 2.9% in Greenhithe to 6.4% in Massey.
|Voter group||Electorate votes||Party votes||Total||% of votes|