1900 Waihemo by-election

The Waihemo by-election was a by-election in the New Zealand electorate of Waihemo, a rural seat in Otago, in the South Island.

1900 Waihemo by-election

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Candidate Thomas Mackenzie William Guffie
Party Liberal Independent
Popular vote 1,834 1,008

Member before election

John McKenzie

Elected Member

Thomas Mackenzie


The by-election was held on 18 July 1900, and was precipitated by the resignation of sitting MP, John McKenzie. The seat was won by fellow Liberal Thomas Mackenzie. Mackenzie was an advocate of the Otago province and campaigned to stop the region's declining situation compared to the rest of New Zealand.[1] His sole opponent was William Guffie, a local councilor from Mount Ida.


The following table gives the election results:

1900 Waihemo by-election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Thomas Mackenzie 1,834 65.54
Independent William Guffie 1,008 35.46
Majority 826 29.06
Turnout 2,842
Registered electors


  1. ^ Brooking, Tom. "Mackenzie, Thomas Noble 1853–1930". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Waihemo Seat". Hawke's Bay Herald. Vol. XXXV, no. 11592. 19 July 1900. p. 3. Retrieved 1 March 2016.