What are the main changes?

The Representation Commission released the final electorate boundaries and names for the 2020 and 2023 General Elections on 17 April 2020.

The final boundaries

Since the boundaries were last adjusted in 2014 the population in every electorate in New Zealand has grown. Some have grown more than others and boundary changes have been made to balance the populations in each electorate.

Main areas of change

Where possible the existing electorate boundaries have been retained to minimise the number of people affected by boundary changes.

  • 36 electorates are unchanged
  • The boundaries of 30 general and 5 Māori electorates have been adjusted to some degree
  • A new electorate has been created in South Auckland called Takanini.

The main areas of change are Auckland, Waikato, Christchurch, Otago and Southland. 

Name changes

11 electorates have new or amended names, including the new electorate in South Auckland, to better reflect the geographic areas and communities they cover: 

  • Whangarei becomes Whangārei
  • Helensville becomes Kaipara ki Mahurangi
  • Rodney becomes Whangaparāoa
  • Manukau East becomes Panmure-Ōtāhuhu
  • Flat Bush becomes Takanini (new electorate)
  • Hunua becomes Port Waikato
  • Rimutaka becomes Remutaka
  • Port Hills becomes Banks Peninsula
  • Dunedin North becomes Dunedin
  • Dunedin South becomes Taieri
  • Clutha-Southland becomes Southland 

See changes in your area

Use the interactive map to see the 2020 and 2014 electorates. Check which electorate you will be voting in at the 2020 General Election. 

See the map of the 2020 and 2014 electorates

Read the Representation Commission's report on the final electorates

You can download a copy of the report on the final electorates.

There has been a delay in printing the report because of the Alert Level 4 restrictions in place for COVID-19.

The report will be available at Electoral Commission offices and public libraries when it has been printed. 

Public consultation on the electorates

Proposed electorate boundaries and names were released in November 2019 for public consultation.

Read the proposed electorates report

There were three stages of public consultation on the boundary review:

  • written objections
  • written counter-objections
  • public hearings.

Read the objections and counter-objections

Public hearings of objections and counter-objections were held in February in Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland.

The Representation Commission considered all the submissions before finalising the electorate boundaries and names in April 2020.  

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