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The mathematics of New Zealand's electorate allocation

After each census we determine the number of Māori and general electorates for the next general election. These electorate allocations are calculated according to the requirements of the Electoral Act 1993.

Once the Government Statistician has announced the numbers of electorates, a Representation Commission meets to determine electorate boundaries.

In 2000 we published the methodological paper The mathematics of electoral district allocation in New Zealand. After both the 2006 and 2013 Censuses we updated this paper and provided it to the Electoral Commission. Links to the updated papers are below.

2013 electorate allocation

The mathematics of electorate allocation in New Zealand based on the outcome of the 2013 Census and Māori Electoral Option 2013 (published 2013) 
Outlines how the number of electorates in New Zealand is calculated.

2006 electorate allocation

The mathematics of electoral district allocation in New Zealand based on the outcome of the 2006 Census and Māori Electoral Option 2006 (published 2013)
Outlines how the number of electorates in New Zealand is calculated.

Updated 7 October 2013

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