Mitchell resigned to loss of Rodney

By: Craig Powell

National MP Mark Mitchell vows he will continue to fight for the issues dear to his heart in north Rodney, despite the fact he will no longer represent the area if proposed changes to electorate boundaries go ahead.

Last month, the Representation Commission, responsible for reviewing New Zealand’s electoral boundaries, proposed dismantling the Rodney electorate.

The changes would see Mahurangi, including Warkworth, move into a rearranged Helensville electorate. The Hibiscus Coast section of the Rodney electorate would form part of a new electorate called Whangaparaoa and would include Dairy Flat and Coatesville. Wellsford, Te Hana and Pakiri, which are currently in Northland, would also move to Helensville.

Helensville would further absorb parts of what is now in the Upper Harbour electorate, but would lose the Waitakere Ranges to New Lynn.  

The commission says the adjustments are needed because of population growth. Without the changes, the growing Rodney electorate would be 14 per cent over its population quota. ... read more

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