It is the successor to the old Wallace, Clutha and Awarua constituencies. Its boundaries have changed at every redistribution since it was created, as dwindling populations in both Clutha-Southland and in the neighbouring Invercargill electorate have forced both seats northwards. Because of this, in its current incarnation, which will first be contested at the 2008 election, Clutha-Southland will include Queenstown.
Because of its largely rural nature, Clutha-Southland is one of the National Party's safest seats; it has only ever had one MP, that being former Leader of the Opposition (and the party's current deputy), Bill English, who was also the MP for Wallace from 1990-96.
|NZ First||Dave Mackie||999||3.33||1386||4.57|
|ACT||John Cameron Fraser||479||1.60||579||1.91|
|Family Rights PP||-||-||-||9||0.03|
|Republic of NZ||-||-||-||3||0.01|
|total valid votes||30116||30335|