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1969 general electionEdit

The 1969 general election was held on Saturday, 29 November.[1] A total of 84 MPs were elected; 55 represented North Island electorates, 25 represented South Island electorates, and the remaining four represented Māori electorates; this was an increase in the number of MPs by four since the 1966 election.[2] 1,519,889 voters were enrolled and the official turnout at the election was 88.9%.[1]


The 36th Parliament sat for three sessions, and was prorogued on 20 October 1972.[3]

Session Opened Adjouned
first 12 March 1970 3 December 1970
second 25 February 1971 17 December 1971
third 7 June 1972 20 October 1972


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. He was succeeded by Jack Marshall, who formed the Marshall Ministry on 7 February of that year. The second National Government was defeated at the 25 November 1972 election.[4]

Overview of seatsEdit

The table below shows the number of MPs in each party following the 1969 election and at dissolution:

Affiliation Members
At 1969 election At dissolution
National Government 45 44
Labour Opposition 39 40
84 84
Working Government majority 6 4


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

Initial composition of the 36th ParliamentEdit

The table below shows the results of the 1969 general election:


 National    Labour    Social Credit    Independent  

Electorate results for the New Zealand general election, 1969[5]
Electorate Incumbent Winner Majority Runner up
General electorates
Ashburton Colin McLachlan 2,590 John Srhoy
Auckland Central Norman Douglas 1,124 Clive Edwards
Avon John Mathison 5,600 Alistair Ansell
Awarua Gordon Grieve Hugh Templeton 906 Aubrey Begg
Bay of Plenty Percy Allen 3,440 Barry Kelly
Birkenhead New electorate Norman King 1,701 Don McKinnon
Buller Bill Rowling 2,822 Ernie King
Christchurch Central Robert Macfarlane Bruce Barclay 3,406 Colin Knight
Clutha Peter Gordon 3,618 Les McKay
Dunedin Central Brian MacDonell 3,949 Margaret Mary Reichwein
Dunedin North Ethel McMillan 2,929 J W Williams
Eden John Rae 67 Keith Sinclair[nb 1]
Egmont Venn Young 4,280 T McGreevy
Franklin Alfred E. Allen 5,495 Tai Tuhimata
Gisborne Esme Tombleson 781 Trevor Davey
Grey Lynn Ritchie Macdonald Eddie Isbey 2,915 Jens Meder
Hamilton West New electorate Leslie Munro 1,878 Bob Reese
Hastings Duncan MacIntyre 706 Richard Mayson
Hauraki Arthur Kinsella Leo Schultz 2,121 Dorothy Jelicich
Hawkes Bay Richard Harrison 3,416 David Butcher
Henderson New electorate Martyn Finlay 3,295 Adrian Hopkins Clark
Heretaunga Ron Bailey 1,375 Ralph Miller
Hobson Vernon Cracknell Logan Sloane 1,252 Vernon Cracknell
Hutt Trevor Young 1,775 Don Lee
Invercargill Ralph Hanan John Chewings 1,031 T D Young
Island Bay Arnold Nordmeyer Gerald O'Brien 1,348 Fairlie Fergus Curry
Karori Jack Marshall 6,226 Roy Tombs
Lyttelton Norman Kirk Tom McGuigan 292 Peter de Latour
Manawatu Les Gandar 1,323 E J Hemmingsen
Mangere New electorate Colin Moyle 4,588 Neville Charles Slater
Manukau Colin Moyle Roger Douglas 875 Ronald Alfred Walden
Manurewa Phil Amos 1,371 Pat Baker[6]
Marlborough Tom Shand 2,460 Ian Brooks
Marsden Donald McKay 1,101 Murray Smith
Miramar Bill Young 1,789 Charles Troughton
Mt Albert Warren Freer 2,837 Gavin Downie
Napier Gordon Christie 1,970 Terry Dunleavy
Nelson Stanley Whitehead 1,248 Roy McLennan
New Lynn Jonathan Hunt 3,600 Vic Watson
New Plymouth Ron Barclay 1,000 B E Clark
North Shore George Gair 3,964 Donald Frederick Dugdale
Oamaru New electorate Allan Dick 497 N Agnew
Onehunga Hugh Watt 4,539 Daphne Double
Otago Central John George Murray Rose 1,086 B O Griffiths
Otaki Allan McCready 2,037 John Scott
Pahiatua Keith Holyoake 4,920 Trevor de Cleene
Pakuranga Bob Tizard 1,253 N W Holmes
Palmerston North Joe Walding 161 Gordon Cruden
Papanui New electorate Bert Walker 2,096 Martin Patrick Hobby
Petone Fraser Colman 3,450 F J Handy
Piako Jack Luxton 4,426 George Bryant
Porirua Henry May Gerard Wall 2,744 Paul William Mitchell
Raglan Douglas Carter 593 Dudley Ian Sinclair
Rangiora Herbert Pickering 1,143 Paul Piesse
Rangitikei Norman Shelton 4,214 Dan Duggan
Remuera Allan Highet 7,097 Hamish Keith
Riccarton Mick Connelly Eric Holland 2,939 A C McEwen
Rodney Jack Scott Peter Wilkinson 2,832 Nevern McConachy
Roskill Arthur Faulkner 3,296 A W G Cook
Rotorua Harry Lapwood 1,198 Charles Bennett
St Albans Bert Walker Roger Drayton 909 Ian Wilson
St Kilda Bill Fraser 3,795 L G Anderson
South Canterbury New electorate Rob Talbot 1,215 M A Cameron
Stratford David Thomson 4,158 L H Stockbridge
Sydenham Mabel Howard Norman Kirk 6,026 Peter Morrissey
Tamaki Robert Muldoon 6,088 Alfred David Bolton
Taupo Rona Stevenson 107 Arthur John Ingram
Tauranga George Walsh 2,704 Ray Dillon
Timaru Basil Arthur 3,101 David Arthur John Walker
Waikato New electorate Lance Adams-Schneider 3,408 Alfred Ernest George
Waimarino Roy Jack 2,213 Shaun Alex Cameron
Wairarapa Haddon Donald Jack Williams 467 Haddon Donald
Waitemata Norman King Frank Gill 1,052 Michael Bassett
Waitomo David Seath 5,674 Neil Roger David Shewan
Wallace Brian Talboys 4,532 J Robson
Wanganui George Spooner Bill Tolhurst 959 George Spooner
Wellington Central Dan Riddiford 2,200 Olive Smuts-Kennedy
Western Hutt New electorate Henry May 1,421 Egan E Ogier[7]
Westland Paddy Blanchfield 1,879 Barry Dallas[8]
Wigram New electorate Mick Connelly 3,200 J R Dawson
Māori electorates
Eastern Maori Paraone Reweti 3,487 Henare Kohere Ngata[9]
Northern Maori Matiu Rata 4,758 Graham Latimer
Southern Maori Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan 6,630 Norra Woodbane Pomare
Western Maori Iriaka Matiu Ratana Koro Wētere 7,530 P J Hura

Table footnotes:

  1. ^ Sinclair was first on election night for Eden (by 35 votes), but lost when special votes were included

By-elections during 36th ParliamentEdit

There was one by-election held during the term of the 36th Parliament.

Electorate and by-election Date Incumbent Cause Winner
Marlborough 1970 21 February Tom Shand Death Ian Brooks


  1. ^ a b "General elections 1853–2005 - dates & turnout". Elections New Zealand. Archived from the original on 27 May 2010. Retrieved 2 December 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 173.
  3. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 142.
  4. ^ Wilson 1985, pp. 89–92.
  5. ^ Norton 1988.
  6. ^ Gustafson 1986, p. 354.
  7. ^ Gustafson 1986, p. 381.
  8. ^ Templeton & Eunson 1972, p. 21.
  9. ^ Gustafson 1986, p. 380.


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