Yaldhurst (New Zealand Electorate)
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Yaldhurst New Zealand Electorate

Yaldhurst is a former New Zealand parliamentary electorate, near the city of Christchurch. The electorate was to the southwest of Christchurch, and was suburban and semi-rural.

Population centres

The 1977 electoral redistribution was the most overtly political since the Representation Commission had been established through an amendment to the Representation Act in 1886, initiated by Muldoon's National Government.[1] As part of the 1976 census, a large number of people failed to fill out an electoral re-registration card, and census staff had not been given the authority to insist on the card being completed. This had little practical effect for people on the general roll, but it transferred M?ori to the general roll if the card was not handed in. Together with a northward shift of New Zealand's population, this resulted in five new electorates having to be created in the upper part of the North Island.[2] The electoral redistribution was very disruptive, and 22 electorates were abolished, while 27 electorates were newly created (including Yaldhurst) or re-established. These changes came into effect for the 1978 election.[3]

The Wigram electorate was abolished through the 1977 electoral redistribution and its northern part made up much of the area of the new Yaldhurst electorate. A much smaller areas were gained by Yaldhurst from the Riccarton and Rangiora electorates.[4] Christchurch suburbs located in the Yaldhurst electorate included Burnside, Avonhead, Russley, Broomfield, Hei Hei, Yaldhurst, and parts of Hornby.[5]

History

In the 1978 election, the Yaldhurst electorate was won by Mick Connelly of the Labour Party, who had been MP for the Wigram electorate since 1969, and the Riccarton electorate prior to that since 1956.[6] Connelly retired at the 1984 election and was succeeded by Labour's Margaret Austin.[7] In 1995, Austin defected to United New Zealand prior to the first mixed-member proportional (MMP) election. When the electorate was abolished in 1996, Austin stood in the new Ilam electorate where she came third.[8]

Members of Parliament

Key

 Labour    United NZ  

Election results

1993 election

1993 general election: Yaldhurst[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Margaret Austin 10,659 46.72 -2.90
National David Watson 7,662 33.58
Alliance Liz Gordon 2,881 12.62
NZ First Robin Booth 1,092 4.78
Christian Heritage Graham Capill 467 2.04
Natural Law Royal Van Der Werf 53 0.23
Majority 2,997 13.13 +12.95
Turnout 22,814 85.80 -0.22
Registered electors 26,588

1990 election

1990 general election: Yaldhurst[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Margaret Austin 9,699 43.82 -10.61
National John Connelly 9,657 43.63
NewLabour Garry Illes 1,595 7.20
Christian Heritage Gary Howard Milne 563 2.54
Independent Henry Collett 381 1.72
Democrats Norman Davey 151 0.68 -1.84
Social Credit Vince Smith 85 0.38
Majority 42 0.18 -11.66
Turnout 22,131 86.02 -3.41
Registered electors 25,726

1987 election

1987 general election: Yaldhurst[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Margaret Austin 11,684 54.43 +4.06
National James Bacon 9,142 42.59
Democrats Norman Davey 542 2.52 -0.08
Wizard Party Suzanne Toy 97 0.45
Majority 2,542 11.84 -1.10
Turnout 21,465 89.43 -5.00
Registered electors 24,001

1984 election

1984 general election: Yaldhurst[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Margaret Austin 11,560 50.37
National H Joseph 8,590 37.43
NZ Party Neil Russell 2,024 8.82
Social Credit Norman Davey 597 2.60 -6.84
Values A L Wilkinson 99 0.43 -0.09
Independent G H Bucknell 76 0.33 -0.03
Majority 2,970 12.94
Turnout 22,946 94.43 +3.22
Registered electors 24,298

1981 election

1981 general election: Yaldhurst[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Mick Connelly 10,975 49.23 -1.02
National Margaret Murray 9,013 40.43
Social Credit Norman Davey 2,106 9.44 +1.69
Values A L Wilkinson 117 0.52
Independent G H Bucknell 81 0.36
Majority 1,962 8.80 +1.19
Turnout 22,292 91.21 +16.15
Registered electors 24,440

1978 election

1978 general election: Yaldhurst[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Mick Connelly 10,816 50.25
National David Watson 8,548 39.71
Social Credit Norman Davey 1,670 7.75
Values P A Wilkinson 487 2.26
Majority 1,638 7.61
Turnout 21,521 75.06
Registered electors 28,670

Notes

  1. ^ McRobie 1989, pp. 8-9, 51, 119.
  2. ^ McRobie 1989, p. 119.
  3. ^ McRobie 1989, pp. 115-120.
  4. ^ McRobie 1989, pp. 117, 121.
  5. ^ McRobie 1989, p. 121.
  6. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 190.
  7. ^ Wilson 1985, pp. 181, 190.
  8. ^ "Electorate Candidate and Party Votes Recorded at Each Polling Place - Ilam, 1996" (PDF). Retrieved 2013.
  9. ^ Part 1: Votes recorded at each polling place (Technical report). New Zealand Chief Electoral Office. 1993.
  10. ^ Part 1: Votes recorded at each polling place (Technical report). New Zealand Chief Electoral Office. 1990. p. 149.
  11. ^ a b c d Norton 1988, p. 394.

References

  • McRobie, Alan (1989). Electoral Atlas of New Zealand. Wellington: GP Books. ISBN 0-477-01384-8.
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840-1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
  • Norton, Clifford (1988). New Zealand Parliamentary Election Results 1946-1987: Occasional Publications No 1, Department of Political Science. Wellington: Victoria University of Wellington. ISBN 0-475-11200-8.

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