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Nelson MP Nick Smith is disappointed that the Representation Commission has transferred Brightwater from the Nelson to the West Coast/Tasman Electorate in the proposed boundaries for the 2020 Election.

“I am disappointed for Brightwater as it has more in common with Richmond and Nelson than Motueka and the West Coast.

“This change for Brightwater is a product of population numbers.  Nelson’s population has been growing significantly faster than the West Coast/Tasman area. It is going to be very hard to reverse this proposal with the law requiring only a 5% variation in population between electorates.

“My preference would be a higher tolerance so communities of interest could be given greater weight.”

“I’m personally disappointed to be losing Brightwater because it was my home for many years and I love the community.  I take my constituency responsibilities very seriously and will be continuing to work for the Brightwater community right up to the election next year.”

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