Bay of Plenty (New Zealand electorate)


Bay of Plenty (New Zealand electorate)

Bay of Plenty is a New Zealand electoral division returning one member to the New Zealand House of Representatives. The current representative Tony Ryall [ [http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/MPP/MPs/MPs/2/1/3/48MP17121-Ryall-Tony.htm New Zealand Parliament - Tony Ryall] ] , who is a member of the National Party has represented the seat since 1996.

Geography

The current Bay of Plenty seat comprises a section of the central Bay of Plenty coast, from the eastern periphery of the Tauranga urban area, to outside the main populated part of Whakatane. It includes the towns of Te Puke, Edgecumbe and Papamoa.

Bay of Plenty was created for the change to the MMP voting system; it was carved out of parts of the old seats of Kaimai, Tarawera and Eastern Bay of Plenty. Its original incarnation was based mostly around Whakatane and Opotiki districts, with the remaining population coming from Te Puke and parts of greater Tauranga.

2007 boundary review

Continued rapid population growth around Tauranga has driven considerable boundary change at each review. For the 2008 election, Bay of Plenty has become wrapped around the periphery of the Tauranga urban area, with its boundary moved far westwards to the eastern fringe of Te Puke, in the process abandoning sections of the central coast to the Rotorua and East Coast seats.

History

Bay of Plenty has been a safe seat for National's Tony Ryall, who has been returned easily at every election since the seat's creation. The upper central North Island is also an area where New Zealand First does well, frequently getting a higher vote share in seats in both the Bay of Plenty region and in the Waikato than it does nationally.

The present seat was created in 1996 for MMP. There was an earlier Bay of Plenty seat from 1893 to 1978.

Members of Parliament for Bay of Plenty

Unless otherwise stated, all MPs terms began and ended at general elections.

sourced from [http://2005.electionresults.govt.nz/electorate-4.html electionresults.govt.nz]

References

External links

* [http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-MacHist-t1-body-d38-d7-d5.html Holders of Bay of Plenty seat, from 1893 to 1941]

* [http://www.parliament.nz/NR/rdonlyres/88085645-278F-40FD-86AC-B5342D56EDFB/96/Bay_of_Plenty1.pdf Electorate Profile] "Parliamentary Library"


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