Your reward for filling in the census forms: One less Scum List MP

It seems the quickest way for us to reduce the number of list MPs in parliament is through net immigration and an increasing birth rate.

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New Zealand will have a new electorate next election, following new data from the census released today.

The number of people living in New Zealand on census night was 4,242,048, which was 214,101 more than at the last census seven years ago.

The increase in population means that at the general election next year there will be 71 electorates, with one new North Island electorate, up from 47 at the last election.

The number of Maori electorates will stay at seven, and the number of general electorates in the South Island is fixed at 16 by the Electoral Act 1993.

“Adding this new electorate means there will be one less list seat in the 120-seat parliament – excluding any overhang seats,” MacPherson said.

Of course, there isn’t a silver cloud without a dark lining  

Speaking from Bali where he is attending the Apec conference, Prime Minister John Key said he had not seen details but it was likely the new electorate would be in Auckland.

“I’ve heard there’ll be at least one or two, and it’s likely there will be certainly in Auckland – the way population growth has been – and I would have thought on the North Shore…”

He said that would likely have an effect on his seat of Helensville, Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully’s seat of East Coast Bays and Defence Minister Jonathon Coleman’s Northcote seat.

The general electoral population is 2,867,110 for the North Island and 954,871 for the South Island. The Maori electoral population for New Zealand is 420,990.

This is the first information released from the 2013 Census – the official count of how many people and dwellings there are in New Zealand.

“It’s been seven years since the last census and a huge number of people and organisations – including central and local government, businesses, iwi, and community groups – are eagerly waiting for this information. It is also an important part of the electoral process,” MacPherson said.

“The population number is lower than New Zealand’s estimated resident population, as it doesn’t include New Zealand residents overseas at the time of the census or the estimated number of people who didn’t complete the census. This shows the value of checking our population periodically with the census,” she said.

“It has been our top priority to complete this work so that the Representation Commission can use it to determine the electorate boundaries and the location and name of the new electorate.”


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