Electoral changes in Selwyn

by Paul Campbell

Selwyn electorate has undergone a review in a report by the Representation Commission, which is proposing changes to half of New Zealand’s electorates and establishing a new electorate in south Auckland.

The commission has released its report on the proposed boundaries and names of electorates for the next two general elections. The public will now be able to have their say before the boundaries are finalised in April 2020.

“Where possible the current boundaries have been retained to minimise the number of people affected by electorate boundary and name changes. Of the 71 existing electorates, 36 are unchanged. The adjustments in other electorates reflect changes in population since 2014 when the boundaries were last reviewed,” says commission chair Judge Craig Thompson.

“Boundary changes are needed to electorates in the Christchurch area because of significant population growth in Selwyn, which is the fastest-growing electorate in the country.”

Selwyn is redrawn and no longer includes Banks Peninsula. Adjustments are also made to Ilam, Wigram, Port Hills (renamed Banks Peninsula), Christchurch East and Rangitata.

More detail on all the proposed changes is available online at vote.nz and in the Proposed Electorates 2019 report available at libraries, council offices, Electoral Commission offices and Te Puni Kokiri regional offices.

“We encourage people to have a closer look at the changes and what it means for them. The public can make objections on the proposed boundaries and names until December 20,” says Judge Thompson. There will be a counter-objections period from January 10 to 24, and public hearings will be held in February.