Boundary changes likely to go ahead
Proposed boundary changes to the Waitaki and Rangitata electorates are likely to go ahead.
The Electoral Commission released a summary of submissions on the proposals yesterday.
Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean was "slightly surprised" there were no objections to her electorate's proposed boundary changes. Under the changes, Waitaki would lose Hampden, Palmerston and Moeraki to Dunedin North.
"It's unlikely the commission will make any major alterations to their original proposal now," Mrs Dean said.
"It's sad to see them go. I've served some of these communities for nearly 18 years, going back to my time as a Waitaki district councillor."
In 2011, Mrs Dean beat Labour candidate Barry Monks by more than 14,000 votes.
The commission proposed readjusting Rangitata's boundaries by moving the Rakaia township into the Selwyn electorate. There have been two objections to the move.
Rangitata MP Jo Goodhew was unavailable for comment yesterday. However, she has previously said the proposed changes would not make much difference.
In 2011, Mrs Goodhew defeated Labour candidate Julian Blanchard by 8112 votes.
The commission released the proposed changes to all electorate boundaries in November. People had until December 23 to lodge an objection.
There were 409 objections lodged, while over 1700 people contributed through individual and form submissions and petitions.
The changes to the Mt Roskill electorate in Auckland appear to be the most contentious, with 128 objections lodged. In the South Island, Port Hills (19 objections), Christchurch East (11), Selwyn (10) and Christchurch Central (15) also sparked debate.
The final boundaries will be released on April 17.
- The Timaru Herald