Rodney (New Zealand electorate)

Rodney (New Zealand Electorate)

Rodney (New Zealand electorate)

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rightRodney is a New Zealand Parliamentary electorate, returning one Member of Parliament to the New Zealand House of Representatives. The current MP for Rodney is Dr Lockwood Smith of the National Party. He has held this position since 1996.

Rodney covers an area of the northern Auckland region from Warkworth in the north, south through the Hibiscus Coast to Auckland's northern urban fringe. High population growth in north and west Auckland has led to Rodney shrinking – Helensville and Kumeu were taken out in 1999, and the next major town to be removed was Wellsford after the 2006 census.

Rodney was created ahead of the change to Mixed Member Proportional voting in 1996. Its original incarnation was coterminous with the district for which it is named – most of the old Albany seat minus its eponymous town, with a large section of Kaipara tacked onto the northern fringe. Both of these seats were held by National MPs - Lockwood Smith in Kaipara and then Deputy Prime Minister Don McKinnon in Albany. Smith won his party's nomination for what is a safe National seat and has not been seriously troubled for re-election since.

Historically, the name can refer to a seat that covered a similar area and was first contested at the 1946 election, and last contested in 1978, or to a 19th century seat represented by four MPs from 1871 to 1890:Henry Warner Farnall 1871-72 (resigned); John Sheehan 1872-79 (elected for Thames in 1879); Seymour Thorne George 1879-84...
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