Helensville (New Zealand electorate)


Helensville (New Zealand electorate)

Helensville is a New Zealand Parliamentary electorate, returning one Member of Parliament to the New Zealand House of Representatives. The current MP for Helensville is John Key, leader of the National Party. [ [http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/MPP/MPs/MPs/3/7/8/48MP78101-Key-John.htm New Zealand Parliament - John Key MP] ] He has held this position since 2002.

Helensville covers an area of the rapidly growing northern Auckland urban fringe, drawing Helensville and Kumeu from Rodney District, moving south to take in Paremoremo, Greenhithe and Albany from North Shore City, and finally tacking west to include Whenuapai, Hobsonville and West Harbour from Waitakere City.

The seat was promulgated in time for the 2002 election, and is the second general seat created since the introduction of Mixed Member Proportional voting, in reaction to continued high population growth in and around Auckland. It was made by cutting off the northern flank of the seat of Waitakere and adding in areas from the Rodney around its southern boundary. Its only MP has been the current Leader of the Opposition, John Key, who beat sitting Waitakere MP Brian Neeson to the nomination, and in a tight year for his party, won the seat by 1,705 votes in a split field when a disgruntled Neeson chose to stand as an independent. Helensville is partly rural, and wealthy beyond the national average, making it a safe National seat, and the results in 2002 notwithstanding, Key was returned easily in 2005 with a majority of 12,778.

Members of Parliament for Helensville

sourced from [http://2005.electionresults.govt.nz/electorate-17.html electionresults.govt.nz]

References

External links

* [http://www.parliament.nz/NR/rdonlyres/886D5481-DAA5-42BB-8866-395A38C8BAFF/122/Helensville1.pdf Electorate Profile] "Parliamentary Library"


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