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Concept

Name
Electorates
Description

General and Māori electoral districts are the voting districts for parliamentary elections. They are constituted in terms of the Electoral Act 1993 and boundaries must coincide with meshblock boundaries.

Boundaries are set by the Representation Commission following each five-yearly census. Each electorate must have approximately the same number of people to ensure equal representation. The Representation Commission also considers communities of interest, facilities of communications, topographical features, and any projected variation in the general electoral population of those districts during their existence.

See also ‘Electorate boundaries’ and ‘Meshblock’ in this definitions group.