What's happening now in the boundary review?
The Representation Commission has released its proposed electorate boundaries for the 2020 and 2023 General Elections.
The proposed 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 are now required to balance the populations in each electorate.
Where possible the current electorate boundaries have been retained to minimise the number of people affected by boundary and name changes. Changes are proposed for 35 of the 71 current electorates.
Main areas of change
The biggest areas of change are in the Auckland region, Christchurch, Otago and Southland.
Because of population growth there will be one new general electorate in south Auckland, to the east of Manurewa. The proposed name of the new electorate is Flat Bush.
Name changes to four other electorates are also proposed:
- Rodney becomes Whangaparāoa
- Hunua becomes Port Waikato
- Rimutaka becomes Remutaka
- Port Hills becomes Banks Peninsula.
See changes in your area
Use the interactive map to see the current and proposed electorate boundaries, and the areas the changes would affect:
See the map of current and proposed electorates
Read the Representation Commission's report on the proposed electorates
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- local council offices
- most Te Puni Kōkiri offices
- Electoral Commission offices.
Have your say on the proposed boundaries
From 10 to 24 January 2020, you'll be able to make counter-objections to any objections to the proposed boundaries.
How do boundary reviews work?
The Representation Commission reviews and adjusts electorate boundaries after each 5-yearly population census and the Māori Electoral Option.
For more detailed information, download the Representation Commission’s guide: