- Bay of Plenty (New Zealand electorate)
Bay of Plenty is a
New Zealandelectoral 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.
The current Bay of Plenty seat comprises a section of the central
Bay of Plentycoast, from the eastern periphery of the Taurangaurban 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
MMPvoting 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 Whakataneand Opotikidistricts, with the remaining population coming from Te Pukeand 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.
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 Islandis also an area where New Zealand Firstdoes well, frequently getting a higher vote share in seats in both the Bay of Plenty region and in the Waikatothan 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]
* [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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