Battleground Booths: What parts of Papakura bucked the trend in 2014?
A number of electorates are a safe bet of strong support for certain political parties. But how do individual suburbs vote? In this series 'Battleground Booths', we look at voting booths that went against the electorate or were won by a small margin.
Papakura is one of two strong National seats in southern Auckland.
In 2014, National pulled in more than half of the party votes cast in the electorate, the winning percentage was second to the neighbouring Hunua.
The electorate is vast in size covering both rural and urban areas - from The Gardens to Ardmore down to Drury and across to Karaka
All the rural booths around Ardmore, Drury and Karaka had strong support for National.
In more urban areas around Wattle Downs, Conifer Grove, Red Hill and parts of Papakura the voting locations were firmly blue.
However, it's these urbans booths that saw a number of marginal booths to both National and Labour in the party vote.
The voting location at Alfriston College was the only booth in the electorate to firmly go to Labour in the party vote. It borders The Gardens, which voted firmly for National.
Out of 1202 valid votes, Labour scored 45.09 per cent of the vote while National came in second with 38.19 per cent.
The majority of the suburb voted National, mainly due to support at the large Conifer Grove voting location.
However, the two other locations in the suburb were marginal towards either major party.
At Takanini Community Church Hall, National won the location with 38.5 per cent of the votes cast. But Labour came in 19 votes behind with 34.8 per cent of the vote.
Nearby at Takanini School Hall, Labour narrowly took the location with 41.8 per cent of party votes. Next in was National, six points behind Labour.
The area had the most marginal booths in the electorate.
One of those marginal booths was won only by one vote. At Papakura High School, National won 272 party votes to Labour's 271.
The nearest competition was New Zealand First with 113 out of the 743
The only location that went to Labour was at Kelvin Road School Hall with 38.4 per cent of the vote with National only four points behind.
Two other locations marginally went to National: Nga Puawai o Wikitoria Te Kohanga Reo and Rosehill Intermediate School Hall.
At Nga Puawai o Wikitoria Te Kohanga Reo, National won the location with 36.6 per cent of the vote. Labour were only two points behind.