2008 Election Results – Green Party Vote

November 25th, 2008 at 4:02 pm by David Farrar

1

Wellington Central

20.6%

2

Rongotai

17.0%

3

Dunedin North

15.8%

4

Auckland Central

15.5%

5

Port Hills

13.8%

6

Christchurch Central

11.2%

7

Mt Albert

11.0%

8

West Coast Tasman

10.9%

9

Nelson

9.4%

10

Ohariu

9.1%

11

Mana

8.4%

12

Ilam

8.2%

13

Dunedin South

8.0%

14

Hutt South

7.7%

15

New Lynn

7.6%

16

Coromandel

7.6%

17

Selwyn

7.5%

18

Northland

7.3%

19

Christchurch East

7.2%

20

Hamilton East

7.2%

21

Te Tai Tonga

7.2%

22

Kaikoura

7.0%

23

Waitaki

7.0%

24

Wigram

6.9%

25

Epsom

6.9%

26

Northcote

6.7%

27

North Shore

6.6%

28

Palmerston North

6.5%

29

Waitakere

6.5%

30

New Plymouth

6.4%

31

East Coast

6.4%

32

Tukituki

6.0%

33

Whangarei

6.0%

34

Rimutaka

5.9%

35

Wairarapa

5.7%

36

Otaki

5.6%

37

Napier

5.5%

38

Maungakiekie

5.5%

39

Rangitikei

5.4%

40

Waimakariri

5.4%

41

Tamaki

5.3%

42

Whanganui

5.3%

43

Rodney

5.2%

44

Clutha Southland

5.1%

45

Hamilton West

5.1%

46

Rotorua

5.0%

47

Taranaki-King Country

5.0%

48

Helensville

4.9%

49

Bay of Plenty

4.9%

50

Tauranga

4.6%

51

Taupo

4.5%

52

Mt Roskill

4.3%

53

Invercargill

4.3%

54

Rangitata

4.2%

55

East Coast Bays

4.1%

56

Tamaki Makaurau

4.0%

57

Te Atatu

4.0%

58

Waikato

3.9%

59

Pakuranga

3.6%

60

Te Tai Hauauru

3.5%

61

Te Tai Tokerau

3.5%

62

Hunua

3.4%

63

Hauraki-Waikato

3.2%

64

Ikaroa-Rawhiti

3.2%

65

Papakura

3.0%

66

Waiariki

2.7%

67

Botany

2.4%

68

Manurewa

2.2%

69

Mangere

2.0%

70

Manukau East

1.8%

The did exceptionally well in Wellington achieving 20.6% in Wellington Central and 17.0% in Rongotai. Also above 15% was Dunedin North and Auckland Central.

In eight seats they got over 10%, and in 23 seats, over 7%.

Their median seat was Wairarapa on 5.7%. This is less than their average of 6.7% so their strong seats drags them up considerably.

Their worst seats were Manukau East and Mangere.

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14 Responses to “2008 Election Results – Green Party Vote”

  1. NX (604 comments) says:

    Wellington Central

    20.6%

    crikey. Is that a reflection on the type of people who live in Wellington?

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  2. helmet (807 comments) says:

    I’ve been thinking about the future of our conservation estate and natural resources, and anecdotally observed a trend which is evident in these figures also.

    It looks like the green movement (and one can argue environmental awareness and concerns) has little support among certain ethnic groups, particularly polynesians and asians. Electorates in which these groups are heavily represented had a very low green party vote.
    It may also be that the trend reflects socio-economic conditions rather than ethnicity.

    As we change to a more ethnically diverse country are we going to find that environmental protection gets less and less important to the electorate? Because that would be a shame.

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  3. Bryce Edwards (248 comments) says:

    NX – yes it is. Increasingly, Wellington Central residents are middle-to-high income people – which is exactly who the Greens appeal to.

    Wellington Central residents (and especially those in the public sector) are very socially liberal as well – again those that the Greens appeal strongly too.

    Note also that Wellington Central residents are neither particularly leftwing or poor – which again reflects the politics of the increasingly centrist Green Party.

    Bryce
    http://www.liberation.org.nz

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  4. Brian Smaller (4,036 comments) says:

    You wont just find that environmental protection gets less important as ethnic demographics change. If we had, for arguments sake, a majority of Asian people here, do you think historical Treayy of Waitangi claims would mean stuff all? It will change everything, and not always in a good way.

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  5. Buggerlugs (1,609 comments) says:

    NX – all it proves is that people are shallow and either respond to tasty billboards or threats to the planet without actually checking whether the people making those statements are a) correct or b) going to do something about it. I bet if most of those who wasted their vote on the Communist, sorry, Green Party had seen Catherine Delahunty in action, they might have had a few sleepless nights before deciding to vote another party instead. Wellington Central – the capital of hand wringing…

    helmet – I don’t think that will be the case. As I have said in the past, we’re better off seeing the Nats’ Blue Green policies implemented than have the Happy Valley Coalition running our environmental policy via their Green Party buddies.

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  6. sally (26 comments) says:

    helmet – I was thinking along the same lines as you. It rather makes a complete mockery of the idea that Maori are especially sensitive or intune with the environment – no doubt they are in some way, just not with the Green Party and their drippy, white, chardonnay-socialist supporters. God, it must really irk the Greens to see how irrelevent they are to Maori, nothing like the tangata whenua giving you the middle finger. Never mind you will still find plenty of earnest, self-righteous, irony-free WASPs living in Roseneath (Sue Kedgley anyone?) and Oriental Bay to prop up the pary of liberal baby-boomers.

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  7. Owen McShane (1,226 comments) says:

    I see they get little support in Invercargill.
    Is there an inverse corelation with temperature.

    I suspect the folk in Invercargill would love a bit of global warming.

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  8. MajorBloodnok (361 comments) says:

    Owen: I see they get little support in Invercargill.

    They did even worse in East Coast Bays. What does that say about Sue Bradford (who was standing as an electorate candidate there)? I was worried that the sight of her name on the ballot form would cause me to spoil my vote!

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  9. beautox (437 comments) says:

    Don’t you love the way that greenies say they want to get close to nature, yet actually going and *living* close to it would mean that they would not be able to get their lattes. Also they might find that their ideology doesn’t match up to reality.

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  10. BlairM (2,310 comments) says:

    I find this fascinating – it’s pretty clear that the Greens are doing very badly in poorer and more ethnically diverse electorates, despite all their rhetoric over “social justice”. They are getting the young urban whites and that’s it.

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  11. Chthoniid (2,029 comments) says:

    I hadn’t realised that Sue Bradford was standing in my seat until I get the information form the Electoral Comission. She can’t have wanted my vote that much.

    There is a strong under-current of conservation ethics in Maori communities. The view is different to (many) urban-based environmental organisations. This (Maori) view is more of conserving natural resources so that they can be utilised in the future (look after the land, so the land looks after you). The concept of absolute protection- locking away stuff to be never used- is considered absurd. And pretty tough on many Maori communities (currently for instance, a lot of non-state owned native forests are owned by iwi, not thrilled at the increasing choke-hold on indigenous forestry applied by environmental NGOs).

    A few years back I gave an address on conservation at the Maori Commercial Fisheries Conference. Once I mentioned I didn’t belong to any environmental NGO, my stock rose very rapidly…

    Greenies aren’t very popular.

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  12. freethinker (688 comments) says:

    MajorBloodnok (127) Vote: 0 0 Says:
    November 25th, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Is the P in spoil an error?

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  13. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    What a bunch of dropkicks, most of the Melon’s core support is removed from any natural environment. Most of their support coming from townies that wouldn’t have a fucking clue. Is it any wonder there is a growing divide between city and country, with many city dwellers living in some twilight zone believing the country is going to the dogs while they sit in their cities contemplating their fucking navels and passing judgement on nothing they would have a clue about

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  14. emmess (1,416 comments) says:

    Go Manukau East

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