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1957 general electionEdit

The 1957 general election was held on Saturday, 30 November.[1] A total of 80 MPs were elected; 51 represented North Island electorates, 25 represented South Island electorates, and the remaining four represented Māori electorates; this was a gain of one electorate for the North Island from the South Island since the 1954 election.[2] 1,252,329 voters were enrolled and the official turnout at the election was 92.9%.[1]


The 32nd Parliament sat for four sessions (there were two sessions in 1958), and was prorogued on 28 October 1960.[3]

Session Opened Adjouned
first 21 January 1958 31 January 1958
second 10 June 1958 3 October 1958
third 24 June 1959 23 October 1959
fourth 22 June 1960 28 October 1960


The National Party under Sidney Holland had been in power since the 1949 election as the first National Government, and Holland remained in charge until he stepped down due to ill health in September 1957 some two months prior to the 1957 election. Holland was succeeded by Keith Holyoake, but the Labour Party narrowly defeated National at the 1957 election, and the government changed in mid-December of that year. Walter Nash formed the Nash Ministry, which was in power from 12 December 1957 until the defeat of the second Labour Government at the next election in 1960.[4]

Overview of seatsEdit

The table below shows the number of MPs in each party following the 1957 election and at dissolution:

Affiliation Members
At 1957 election At dissolution
Labour Government 41 41
National Opposition 39 39
80 80
Working Government majority 2 2


  • The Working Government majority is calculated as all Government MPs less all other parties.

Initial composition of the 32nd ParliamentEdit

The table below shows the results of the 1957 general election:


 Labour    National  

Electorate results for the 1957 New Zealand general election. [5]

Electorate Incumbent Winner Majority Runner up
General electorates
Ashburton Richard Gerard 1,769 G Glassey
Auckland Central Bill Anderton 3,856 Aileen Joyce
Avon John Mathison 6,100 William Ernest Olds
Awarua George Herron Gordon Grieve 1,636 J P Wyatt[6]
Bay of Plenty Percy Allen 910 Thomas Godfrey Santon
Buller Jerry Skinner 2,677 N L Bensenmann
Christchurch Central Robert Macfarlane 4,071 Colin McLachlan
Clutha James Roy 1,490 T A Rodgers [nb 1]
Dunedin Central Phil Connolly 1,778 Marcus Anderson
Dunedin North Ethel McMillan 3,408 G R Terry
Eden Duncan Rae 498 Ian Watkins[8]
Egmont Ernest Corbett William Sheat 2,697 Clarence Robert Parker
Fendalton Sidney Holland Jack Watts 824 L G G White[9]
Franklin Jack Massey Alfred E. Allen 4,241 Christopher Mountford
Gisborne Reginald Keeling 1,182 A H MacPherson
Grey Lynn Fred Hackett 5,785 Bernard Griffiths
Hamilton Hilda Ross 1,110 Ben Waters
Hastings Ted Keating 1,070 Arthur Heafy Sievewright
Hauraki Arthur Kinsella 1,161 Brevat William Dynes
Hawkes Bay Cyril Harker 2,858 Leonard Thomas Fischer
Heretaunga Phil Holloway 5,117 Allan McCready
Hobson Sidney Smith 3,134 Colin Moyle
Hurunui William Gillespie 1,749 Lyn Christie
Hutt Walter Nash 4,430 Lance Adams-Schneider
Invercargill Ralph Hanan 679 Thomas Francis Doyle
Island Bay Arnold Nordmeyer 4,209 Saul Goldsmith[10]
Karori Jack Marshall 3,061 Keith Spry
Lyttelton Harry Lake Norman Kirk 567 Harry Lake
Manawatu Matthew Oram Blair Tennent 1,575 Patrick Kelliher
Manukau Leon Götz 159 Cyril Douglas Stamp
Marlborough Tom Shand 1,782 Roy Evans
Marsden Donald McKay 2,088 Mervyn Allan Hosking
Miramar Bill Fox 2,077 Clevedon Costello
Mornington Wally Hudson 2,817 Walter MacDougall
Mt Albert Warren Freer 3,987 Geoffrey Taylor
Napier Jim Edwards 2,413 Raymond Vincent Foster
Nelson Edgar Neale Stanley Whitehead 509 Colin Wilson Martin
New Plymouth Ernest Aderman 657 Ron Barclay
North Shore Dean Eyre 462 Peter Lawrence Smith
Onehunga Hugh Watt 5,686 Donald Watson
Onslow Henry May 2,675 Kevin O'Brien [11]
Otago Central John George 2,788 J H Rapson
Otahuhu James Deas 3,442 Clive Haszard
Otaki James Maher 1,122 Cyril Shamy
Pahiatua Keith Holyoake 4,020 William Erle Rose
Palmerston North Philip Skoglund 1,348 Bill Brown
Patea Roy Jack 902 Benjamin R. Winchcombe
Petone Mick Moohan 4,159 Dan Riddiford
Piako New electorate William Goosman 3,812 Alistair Walker
Ponsonby Ritchie Macdonald 6,592 Gordon Frederick Smith
Raglan Hallyburton Johnstone Douglas Carter 161 Alan Baxter
Rangitikei Norman Shelton 2,983 Stephen Malcolm Roberton
Remuera Ronald Algie 4,766 Russell Gordon Penney
Riccarton Mick Connelly 2,867 Deena V. Sergel[12]
Rodney Jack Scott 3,112 George Webber
Roskill John Rae Arthur Faulkner 2,117 John Rae
Rotorua Ray Boord 2,009 Murray Linton
Selwyn John McAlpine 1,731 S S M Cook
St Albans Jack Watts Neville Pickering 501 Eric Philip Wills [13]
St Kilda Jim Barnes Bill Fraser 791 Jim Barnes
Stratford Thomas Murray 3,172 J M Deegan
Sydenham Mabel Howard 6,450 Oliver G. Moody
Tamaki Eric Halstead Bob Tizard 589 Eric Halstead
Tauranga George Walsh 3,342 Oliver Liddell
Timaru Clyde Carr 2,954 Alfred James Davey
Waikato Geoffrey Sim 2,013 Arthur John Ingram
Waipa William Goosman Hallyburton Johnstone 1,813 Albert Clifford Tucker
Wairarapa Bert Cooksley 1,058 Bob Wilkie[14]
Waitakere Rex Mason 3,682 Leonard Bradley
Waitaki New electorate Thomas Hayman 1,618 A G Braddock
Waitemata Norman King 2,191 Robert Muldoon
Waitomo David Seath 2,474 Vic Haines
Wallace Tom Macdonald Brian Talboys 4,319 J S Reid
Wanganui Joe Cotterill 1,419 Mrs A K MacLean
Wellington Central Frank Kitts 1,685 Max Wall
Westland Jim Kent 4,745 Francis Frederick Boustridge
Māori electorates
Eastern Maori Tiaki Omana 4,197 W. Maxwell
Northern Maori Tapihana Paikea 4,310 Timothy James Davis
Southern Maori Eruera Tirikatene 4,383 Thomas Stratton
Western Maori Iriaka Matiu Ratana 5,553 Pei Te Hurinui Jones

Table footnotes:

  1. ^ The previous Labour candidate, R S Waters, died the day before the general election, so the election in Clutha was postponed to 18 January 1958[7]

By-elections during 32nd ParliamentEdit

There was one by-election during the term of the 32nd Parliament.

Electorate and by-election Date Incumbent Cause Winner
Hamilton 1959 2 May Hilda Ross Death Lance Adams-Schneider


  1. ^ a b "General elections 1853–2005 - dates & turnout". Elections New Zealand. Archived from the original on 27 May 2010. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
  2. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 173.
  3. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 142.
  4. ^ Wilson 1985, pp. 86–88.
  5. ^ Norton 1988, pp. ?.
  6. ^ Norton 1988, p. 197.
  7. ^ Norton 1988, p. 209.
  8. ^ Norton 1988, p. 220.
  9. ^ Norton 1988, p. 224.
  10. ^ Gustafson 1986, pp. 364f.
  11. ^ Gustafson 1986, p. 381.
  12. ^ Gustafson 1986, p. 386.
  13. ^ Gustafson 1986, p. 390.
  14. ^ Espiner, Guyon (3 March 2012). "Profile: Labour deputy Grant Robertson". New Zealand Listener. Retrieved 26 September 2014.


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