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1966 general electionEdit

The 1966 general election was held on Saturday, 26 November.[1] A total of 80 MPs were elected; 52 represented North Island electorates, 24 represented South Island electorates, and the remaining four represented Māori electorates; this was the same distribution used since the 1963 election.[2] 1,409,600 voters were enrolled and the official turnout at the election was 86.0%.[1]

SessionsEdit

The 35th Parliament sat for three sessions, and was prorogued on 24 October 1969.[3]

Session Opened Adjouned
first 26 April 1967 24 November 1967
second 26 June 1968 19 December 1968
third 15 May 1969 24 October 1969

MinistriesEdit

The National Party had come to power at the 1960 election, and Keith Holyoake had formed the second Holyoake Ministry on 12 December 1960, which stayed in power until Holyoake stepped down in early 1972. The second National Government remained in place until its defeat at the 1972 election towards the end of that year.[4]

Overview of seatsEdit

The table below shows the number of MPs in each party following the 1966 election and at dissolution:

Affiliation Members
At 1966 election At dissolution
National 44 43
Government total
Labour Opposition 35 36
Social Credit 1 1
Opposition total 36 37
Total
80 80
Working Government majority 8 6

Notes

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

Initial composition of the 35th ParliamentEdit

The table below shows the results of the 1966 general election:

Key

 National    Labour    Social Credit  

Electorate results for the 1966 New Zealand general election[5]
Electorate Incumbent Winner Majority Runner up
General electorates
Ashburton Richard Gerard Rob Talbot 983 John Srhoy
Auckland Central Norman Douglas 2,562 Marie Quinn
Avon John Mathison 5,232 J R Dawson
Awarua Gordon Grieve 3,222 M E Booker
Bay of Plenty Percy Allen 3,596 Leonard Thomas Fischer
Buller Bill Rowling 1,822 Ernie King
Christchurch Central Robert Macfarlane 1,409 F W P Francis
Clutha Peter Gordon 3,312 Les McKay
Dunedin Central Brian MacDonell 1,245 J E Farry
Dunedin North Ethel McMillan 2,833 G B Gerard
Eden John Rae 2,548 John William Stewart
Egmont William Sheat Venn Young 3,262 H N Johnston
Fendalton Harry Lake 2,271 Bruce Barclay
Franklin Alfred E. Allen 5,083 Ron Ng-Waishing
Gisborne Esme Tombleson 1,432 Bob MacDonald
Grey Lynn Ritchie Macdonald 4,399 Horace Alexander Nash
Hamilton Lance Adams-Schneider 2,225 Bob Reese
Hastings Duncan MacIntyre 2,129 Sonja Davies
Hauraki Arthur Kinsella 2,336 Henry Uttinger
Hawkes Bay Richard Harrison 3,915 L K Evans
Heretaunga Ron Bailey 2,647 T A Ross
Hobson Logan Sloane Vernon Cracknell 490 Logan Sloane
Hutt Sir Walter Nash 1,949 John Kennedy-Good
Invercargill Ralph Hanan 2,396 Noel Valentine
Island Bay Arnold Nordmeyer 2,806 Saul Goldsmith[6]
Karori Jack Marshall 5,270 Peter Blizard
Lyttelton Norman Kirk 2,121 Peter de Latour
Manawatu Blair Tennent Les Gandar 2,298 E J Hemmingsen
Manukau Colin Moyle 2,728 Max Louis Peers
Manurewa Phil Amos 2,389 B F Kimpton
Marlborough Tom Shand 732 Gerard Wall
Marsden Donald McKay 4,077 O J Lewis
Miramar Bill Fox Bill Young 146 Bill Fox
Mt Albert Warren Freer 2,654 Tom Hibbert
Napier Jim Edwards Gordon Christie 393 M Kidson
Nelson Stanley Whitehead 2,045 E B Slack
New Lynn Rex Mason Jonathan Hunt 3,727 Kevin Patrick Lynch
New Plymouth Ernest Aderman Ron Barclay 78 B E Clark
North Shore Dean Eyre George Gair 1,108 Michael Bassett
Onehunga Hugh Watt 4,265 Daphne Double
Otago Central John George 2,305 B O Griffiths
Otaki Allan McCready 3,575 Glen Herbert
Pahiatua Keith Holyoake 5,291 F M O'Brien
Pakuranga Bob Tizard 2,259 Victor David Thompson
Palmerston North Bill Brown 259 Joe Walding
Petone Mick Moohan 2,607 J W Miller
Piako Geoffrey Sim Jack Luxton 3,884 Myles Edward Barroclough
Porirua Henry May 1,928 C R B Stevenson
Raglan Douglas Carter 1,659 Ronald Nelson Little
Rangiora Herbert Pickering 957 Whetu Tirikatene
Rangitikei Norman Shelton 4,005 Russell Wiseman
Remuera Ronald Algie Allan Highet 6,660 Bill Nairn
Riccarton Mick Connelly 2,725 Ian Wilson
Rodney Jack Scott 2,722 Nevern McConachy
Roskill Arthur Faulkner 3,822 A W G Cook
Rotorua Harry Lapwood 2,298 Frank Knipe
St Albans Bert Walker 2,575 Ted Adcock
St Kilda Bill Fraser 2,809 R M Hall
Selwyn John McAlpine Colin McLachlan 2,597 T K Campbell
Stratford David Thomson 4,115 David Butler
Sydenham Mabel Howard 3,947 Helen Garrett
Tamaki Robert Muldoon 2,827 Kevin Ryan
Taupo Rona Stevenson 258 Barry Gustafson
Tauranga George Walsh 2,299 Olive Smuts-Kennedy
Timaru Basil Arthur 3,108 N S Brown
Waimarino Roy Jack 2,491 Shaun Alex Cameron
Waipa Leslie Munro 3,081 N R D Shewan
Wairarapa Haddon Donald 533 Jack Williams
Waitakere Martyn Finlay 3,813 Peter Wilkinson
Waitaki Allan Dick 2,009 Stan Rodger
Waitemata Norman King 3,832 Terrence John Power
Waitomo David Seath 4,442 Arthur John Ingram
Wallace Brian Talboys 3,965 Aubrey Begg
Wanganui George Spooner 908 John Grace
Wellington Central Dan Riddiford 1,713 Rolland O'Regan
Westland Paddy Blanchfield 4,041 George Kenneth Aitken Ferguson
Māori electorates
Eastern Maori Puti Tipene Watene 3,121 Arnold Reedy [7]
Northern Maori Matiu Rata 4,297 F R Wilcox
Southern Maori Eruera Tirikatene 3,832 Mafeking Baden Powell Pere
Western Maori Iriaka Matiu Ratana 5,580 T M Te Heuheu

By-elections during 35th ParliamentEdit

There were a number of changes during the term of the 35th Parliament.

Electorate and by-election Date Incumbent Cause Winner
Southern Maori 1967 11 March Eruera Tirikatene Death Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan
Fendalton 1967 15 April Harry Lake Death Eric Holland
Petone 1967 15 April Michael Moohan Death Fraser Colman
Eastern Maori 1967 12 August Puti Tipene Watene Death Paraone Reweti
Palmerston North 1967 2 December Bill Brown Death Joe Walding
Hutt 1968 3 August Walter Nash Death Trevor Young

NotesEdit

  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. 89–92.
  5. ^ Norton 1988.
  6. ^ Gustafson 1986, pp. 364f.
  7. ^ Gustafson 1986, p. 383.

ReferencesEdit

  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.