The 1925 New Zealand general election was held 4 November (the Māori vote had taken place the previous day) to elect a total of 80 MPs to the 22nd session of the New Zealand Parliament. A total number of 678,877 (90.02%) voters turned out to vote. In one seat (Bay of Plenty) there was only one candidate.
All 80 seats in the House of Representatives
41 seats were needed for a majority
Results of the election.
In 1922, registration as an elector was made compulsory for all those eligible (except Māori).
Gordon Coates continued as Prime Minister, with his Reform Party winning an outright majority of 30. Leonard Isitt and George Witty were both appointed to the Legislative Council by Gordon Coates on 28 October 1925; shortly before the election on 4 November. Both were Liberals but their retirement removed "a source of some bitterness from the Party's ranks".Gordon Coates was Reform, and both of their former seats went to Reform candidates.
After the election both Labour and Liberals held 11 seats. A tie at 4,900 votes each in Lyttelton (between the Labour and Reform candidates) was eventually settled in Labour's favour on 13 March 1926. After winning the 15 April 1926 by-election in Eden, Labour became the official opposition.
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The election results were as follows:
Reform Labour Liberal Country Party Independent Liberal Independent
- ^ Melville Lyons was elected for the Reform Party, originally the votes were equal (4900), then a recount found for Lyons. But on appeal his election was declared void on 13 March 1926, and the previous holder, James McCombs, was restored as the electorate representative.
- ^ Bassett 1982, p. 67.
- ^ Wilson 1985, p. 286.
- ^ Bassett 1982, p. 35.
- ^ Bassett 1982, p. 36-37.
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- ^ Skinner 1926, pp. 1–6.
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- ^ "Labour in Raglan". The New Zealand Herald. Vol. LXII, no. 19149. 15 October 1925. p. 14. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
- ^ "General Election". The Evening Post. Vol. CX, no. 30. 4 August 1925. p. 6. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
- ^ "Local and General News". The New Zealand Herald. Vol. LXII, no. 19163. 31 October 1925. p. 12. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
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