Election 2014

Waitakere

2011: Won by Paula Bennett (National Party) with a majority of 9.

This west Auckland electorate includes the beach communities of Piha and Bethells Beach as well as the suburbs of Ranui, Henderson and Glendene.

2008 party vote (%): National 41.22, Labour 39.77, Green 6.47, ACT 3.40, Maori 0.77, Progressive 0.72, United Future 0.71.

Candidates

Carmel Sepuloni Labour Party List #24

Labour Party's spokesperson for Disability Issues and Victims' Rights, associate spokesperson on Social Development. Entered Parliament in 2008 (list MP). Is of Tongan, Samoan and Palagi descent.

Danny Mountain Conservative Party List #27

Jeff Lye Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party List #5

Paula Bennett National Party List #14

Minister for Social Development and Employment, Youth Affairs in the last National-led Government. Entered Parliament 2005 as a list MP and won Waitakere from Labour 2008. Former roles in human resources and recruitment.

Peter Osborne Libertarianz List #5

Stephen Tollestrup Green Party List #29

Chief executive of TEAR Fund NZ, a Christian organisation providing overseas aid and disaster relief.

Sue Bradford Mana Party List #4

Mana Party spokesperson on housing and social wellbeing. Formerly a Green Party list MP (1999 –2009)