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As reported in the Otago Daily Times today, the two Dunedin seats face a major makeover, with Dunedin North starting near Waikouaiti and extending down as far as Andersons Bay Rd and taking in Otago Peninsula.
Dunedin South becomes an even more southern seat, taking in all of South Otago from Clutha-Southland and extending down as far south as Kaka Point and as far west as Raes Junction.
The Representation Commission, an independent body which reviews the boundaries of electorates after each census, revealed its draft changes this morning.
Its adjustments to boundaries are recommendations, with the final battle lines for the 2020 and 2023 elections to be confirmed in April next year, after public consultation and an objections period.
All the southern electorate seats are held by comfortable majorities by their respective MPs.
However, Dunedin South - which will have a new MP after the retirement of Labour incumbent Clare Curran next year - may well now be regarded as a possible marginal by National if enough rural polling places move into it.
Nationally, population growth has seen the commission recommend a new Auckland seat be created; called Flat Bush, it would take in parts of the existing Hunua, Manurewa and Papakura electorates.
"Boundary changes are needed to electorates in the Christchurch area because of significant population growth in Selwyn, which is the fastest growing electorate in the country,'' commission chairman Judge Craig Thompson said.