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:

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Read the Representation Commission's report on the proposed electorates

You can also view printed copies of the Representation Commission’s report at:

  • public libraries
  • local council offices
  • most Te Puni Kōkiri offices
  • Electoral Commission offices.

Find your local Electoral Commission office

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.

Find out how you can have your say on 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.

Find out more about how boundary reviews work

Find out more about the Representation Commission

For more detailed information, download the Representation Commission’s guide: