Simon Bridges – electoral success

New National party leader Simon Bridges has proven himself in the Tauranga electorate if you look back at results since MMP:

  • 1996 – Winston Peters 8,028 vote majority over National’s Katherine O’Regan
  • 1999 – Winston Peters 63 vote majority over National’s Katherine O’Regan
  • 2002 – Winston Peters 10,362  vote majority over Labour’s Margaret Wilson
  • 2005 – National’s Bob Clarkson 730  vote majority over Winston Peters
  • 2008 – Simon Bridges 11,742 vote majority over Winston Peters (NZ First crashed out of Parliament)
  • 2011 – Simon Bridges 17,264  vote majority over Labour’s Deborah Mahuta-Coyle
  • 2014 – Simon Bridges 14,842 vote majority over Labour’s Rachel Jones
  • 2017 – Simon Bridges 11,252 vote majority over Labour’s Jan Tineti

Bridges’ majority jumped and then dropped over the last two elections but is still healthy – and has always been better than Peters’ largest majority.

Having thumped Peters in 2008 may give him a bit of a psychological boost in a battle Bridges will have to take to the old campaigner when he is acting Prime Minister in a couple of months.



  1. I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen such racist bigotry towards the leaders of, or a party itself, than Soper’s plot-losing rant this morning.

    Has any reporter ever discussed the Māoriness, the blood proportionality of any other politician, say Willie Jackson, who we saw in DNA detectives came up very short on your actual blood percentage.

    It’s reprehensible, bigoted and it’s embedded in a generally pathetic, nothing but a crystal ball piece. It’s clear to a blind man he’s smitten with Ardern, but this article makes a mockery of even the semblance of balance. He is angry and so utterly racist, he needs to just back up and apologise. Disgraceful.

    Complaint to Broadcasting Standards needed.

    • And the Race Relations Conciliator

    • Patzcuaro

       /  February 28, 2018

      Soper had a very good crystal ball when it came to picking leadership change in the National Party. This from Feb 1.

      On how Maori they are, to me they are just Kiwis.

    • Blazer

       /  February 28, 2018

      I never thought I’d start taking a shine to…Bazza…but..’National’s rock solid support, which has been hovering around the mid-40s, will soon become sand through the hourglass. The glass will be set at between a year and 18 months when the party will be spooked by the falling opinion polls, and the vultures – and as we’ve seen by this contest there are plenty of them – will start circling.’…sand through the..hourglass….keep up the good work!

  2. PDB

     /  February 28, 2018

    Winston hates Bridges with a passion – most of it to do with the 2008 election.

  3. Patzcuaro

     /  February 28, 2018

    Tauranga has been National since its formation in 1936 except when Peters left National to form NZ First. Having the least affordable houses in NZ would suggest that it has become more National. Labour won Party vote in 1999 and 2002 but National has won it since 2005.

    • PDB

       /  February 28, 2018

      “Having the least affordable houses in NZ would suggest that it has become more National”

      If that was the case Labour would have easily won in 2005 when house prices were skyrocketing as a % quicker than any other govt before or since.

      • Patzcuaro

         /  February 28, 2018

        I was alluding to the effect of wealth on voting rather than who was in government.

  4. Blazer

     /  February 28, 2018

    The calibre of the Labour candidates oilslick faced in Tauranga were hardly…inspiring .

  5. Zedd

     /  February 28, 2018

    Q-time in about 1 hour… should be interesting.
    btw; what is the feedback on the ‘other 4’… GONE.. to the back-bench ?

    whispers that Joyce, maybe heading for the door.. with Mr E & perhaps others ?? 😀 :/