9th New Zealand Parliament

The 9th New Zealand Parliament was a term of the Parliament of New Zealand.

9th Parliament of New Zealand
8th Parliament 10th Parliament
Legislative bodyNew Zealand Parliament
Term7 August 1884 – 10 June 1887
Election1884 New Zealand general election
GovernmentStout-Vogel Ministry
House of Representatives
Speaker of the HouseMaurice O'Rorke
PremierRobert Stout
Legislative Council
Members47 (at start)
49 (at end)
Speaker of the CouncilWilliam Fitzherbert
MonarchHM Victoria
GovernorHE Lt. Gen. Sir William Jervois

Elections for this term were held in 4 Māori electorates and 91 general electorates on 21 and 22 July 1884, respectively. A total of 95 MPs were elected. Parliament was prorogued in July 1887. During the term of this Parliament, four Ministries were in power.


The 9th Parliament opened on 7 August 1884, following the 1884 general election. It sat for four sessions, and was prorogued on 15 July 1887.[1]

Session Opened Adjourned
first 7 August 1884 10 November 1884
second 11 June 1885 22 September 1885
third 13 May 1886 18 August 1886
fourth 26 April 1887 10 June 1887

Historical contextEdit

Political parties had not been established yet; this only happened after the 1890 election. Anyone attempting to form an administration thus had to win support directly from individual MPs. This made first forming, and then retaining a government difficult and challenging.[2]


The second Atkinson Ministry had been in power since 25 September 1883. This Ministry finished on 16 August 1884, just after the 1884 general election for the 9th Parliament. It was succeeded by the short-lived first Stout-Vogel Ministry, which lasted only twelve days until 28 August 1884. It was followed by an equally short third Atkinson Ministry, which folded on 3 September 1884. The second Stout-Vogel Ministry lasted to 8 October 1887, just after the 1887 general election to determine the composition of the 10th Parliament.[3][4]


The same 95 electorates that were defined through the 1881 electoral redistribution were used for the 1884 election. The next electoral redistribution was held in 1887 in preparation for the 1887 election.[5]

Initial composition of the 9th ParliamentEdit

95 seats were created across the electorates.[6] The following table shows the results of the 1884 general election.[7]

Elected member
defeated candidates
MP's term
Bay of Islands
Held by R Hobbs
Richard Hobbs Third
2nd: M Gannon
3rd: F MacKenzie
Held by E Mitchelson
Edwin Mitchelson Second
Held by S George
William Moat First
2nd: N Wilson
Held by W Hurst
William Hurst Third
2nd: A Farnell
Auckland North
Held by T Peacock
Thomas Thompson First
2nd:J Newman[8]
Auckland West
Held by J McM Dargaville
Joseph Dargaville Second
2nd:W Swanson
Auckland East
Held by G Grey
George Grey Fifth
Held by W Swanson
Thomas Peacock Second
2nd: C de Lautour[9]
Held by FJ Moss
Frederick Moss Fourth
2nd:ST George
Held by J Tole
Joseph Tole Fourth
2nd: J O'Neil
Held by M O'Rorke
Maurice O'Rorke Seventh
2nd: F Lawry
Franklin North
Held by B Harris
Frank Buckland First
2nd: J Harris
Franklin South
Held by E Hamlin
Ebenezer Hamlin Fourth
Held by A Cadman
Alfred Cadman Second
2nd: A Brodie
Held by J Sheehan
William Fraser First
2nd: WJ Speight
Held by JB Whyte
John Whyte Third
Held by FA Whitaker
Edward Lake First
2nd: W Jackson
Held by George Morris
GB Morris Third
2nd: W Kelly
East Coast
Held by S Locke
Samuel Locke Second
2nd: WL Rees
Held by J Buchanan
John Ormond Sixth
2nd: J Sheehan
Hawkes Bay
Held by F Sutton
William Russell Third
2nd: F Sutton
3rd: A Desmond
Held by WC Smith
William Smith Second
2nd:T Tanner
Held by J Stevens
Robert Bruce First
2nd: J Stevens
Held by WW Johnston
Douglas Macarthur First
2nd: D Frazer
3rd: A Burr
Held by J Bryce
John Bryce Sixth
2nd: T McDonnell
Held by WH Watt
John Ballance Fourth
2nd: J Hutchinson
3rd: WH Watt
New Plymouth
Held by T Kelly
Oliver Samuel First
2nd: EM Smith
3rd: T Kelly
4th: C Brown
Held by R Trimble
Robert Trimble Third
2nd: T Bayly
3rd: J Colesby
Held by HA Atkinson
Harry Atkinson Seventh
2nd: AA Fantham
Held by J Wilson
James Wilson Second
2nd: CB Izard
3rd: JR Browne
Held by T Mason
Henry Fitzherbert First
2nd: T Mason
Wairarapa North
Held by G Beetham
George Beetham Fourth
2nd: William Wilson McCardle
Wairarapa South
Held by WC Buchanan
Walter Buchanan Second
2nd: H Bunny
Held by W Levin
Alfred Newman Second
Te Aro
Held by CJ Johnston
Charles Johnston Second
2nd: FH Fraser
3rd: E Shaw
4th: JH Shaw
5th: J O'Shea
Wellington South
Held by W Hutchinson
George Fisher First
2nd: W Hutchinson
Held by E Connolly
Edward Connolly Second
2nd: WH Eyes
Held by H Levestam
Henry Levestam Third
2nd: J Piper
Held by R Hursthouse
Richmond Hursthouse Fourth
2nd: J Kerr
Held by J Shephard
Joseph Shephard Fourth
2nd: W Wastney
Held by H Dodson
Henry Dodson Second
2nd: J Ward
Held by J Munro
Eugene O'Conor Second
2nd: J Munro
Held by E Shaw
Andrew Menteath First
2nd: RHJ Reeves
Held by J Petrie
Arthur Guinness First
2nd: J Petrie
Held by H McIlraith
James Lance First
2nd: W Gibson
3rd: GM Adams
Held by R Seddon
Richard Seddon Third
2nd: E Blake
Held by GG Fitzgerald
John Bevan First
2nd: GG Fitzgerald
3rd: J Clarke
Held by WF Pearson
William Pearson Second
2nd: P Duncan
Held by E Richardson
Edward Richardson Fifth
Held by W Rolleston
Leonard Harper Second
2nd: W Dunlop
3rd: Williams
St Albans
Held By JE Brown
Francis Garrick First
2nd: J Jebson
3rd: T Cooper
Held by WH Pilliet
Dan Reese First
2nd: G Rudenklau
3rd: G Dorney
4th: WH Pilliet
5th: O Wansey
Held by W White
William White Second
2nd: John Lee Scott
Christchurch North
Held by H Thomson
Julius Vogel Fifth
2nd: John Crewes
Christchurch South
Held by J Holmes
John Holmes Second
2nd: Thomas Joynt
Held by W Wynn-Williams
John Coster First
2nd: Henry Wynn-Williams
3rd: James Temple Fisher
Held by H Allwright
Harry Allwright Third
2nd: SR Webb
3rd: EM Clissold
Held by W Montgomery
William Montgomery Fifth
2nd: FA Anson[12]
Held by AP O'Callaghan
Arthur O'Callaghan Second
2nd: A Saunders
Held by D McMillan
David McMillan Second
2nd: J Jebson
3rd: R Tosswill
4th: C Frazer
Held by E Wakefield
Edward Wakefield Fourth
Held by EG Wright
William Walker First
2nd: JC Wason
3rd: SC Jolly
4th: JRCC Graham
Held by J Ivess
John Grigg First
2nd: J Ivess
3rd: P McQuire
Held by W Postlethwaite
William Rolleston Sixth
2nd: Alfred Cox
3rd: Francis Franks
Held by R Turnbull
Richard Turnbull Fourth
2nd: EG Kerr
Held by JH Sutter
James Sutter Second
2nd: D Anderson
3rd: JM Twomey
4th: G Morris
Held by WJ Steward
William Steward Third
2nd: A Haynes
3rd: WJ Black
Held by TY Duncan
Thomas Duncan Second
2nd: D Sutherland
3rd: T Ferens
Held by SE Shrimski
Samuel Shrimski Fourth
2nd: Viscount Reidhaven[13]
Held by J McKenzie
John McKenzie Second
2nd: Charles Haynes[14]
Held by J Green
John Buckland First
2nd: J Green
3rd: J Arkle
Port Chalmers
Held by J Macandrew
James Macandrew Ninth
Held by J Bathgate
Archibald Ross First
2nd: J Bathgate
Dunedin West
Held by T Dick
William Stewart Third
2nd: T Dick
Dunedin East
Held by MW Green
Robert Stout Third
2nd: MW Green
Dunedin Central
Held by T Bracken
James Bradsheigh-Bradshaw Third
2nd: T Bracken
3rd: JGS Grant
Dunedin South
Held by HS Fish
James Gore First
2nd: Henry Fish
Held by WJM Larnach
William Larnach Third
2nd: Owen James Hodge
3rd: John Wells
Held by W Barron
William Barron Third
Held by J Fulton
James Fulton Third
2nd: WCF Carncross
3rd: WAW Wathen
Mount Ida
Held by CA de Lautour
Scobie Mackenzie First
2nd: J Ewing
Held by V Pyke
Vincent Pyke Fifth
Held by J McDonald
Robert Gillies First
2nd: H Driver
3rd: J McDonald
Held by JC Brown
James Brown Sixth
2nd: F Oudaille
Held by JW Thomson
James Thomson Fifth
Held by FW Mackenzie
George Richardson First
2nd: FW Mackenzie
Held by JP Joyce
James Joyce Third
2nd: JL McDonald
3rd: A Kinross
4th: JW Mitchell
5th: T Hodgkinson
Held by H Feldwick
Joseph Hatch First
2nd: H Feldwick
3rd: G Lumsden
Held by T Fergus
Thomas Fergus Second
2nd: JT Hornsby
3rd: SN Brown
Held by H Driver
Cuthbert Cowan Second
2nd: Frank Stephen Canning
3rd: Justus Hobbs
4th: Thomas James Lumsden
Held by T Daniel
Henry Hirst Second
2nd: S Hodgkinson
3rd: T Daniel
4th: M Hayes
Northern Maori
Held by H Tawhai
Ihaka Hakuene First
Eastern Maori
Held by H Tomana
Wi Pere First
Western Maori
Held by W Te Wheoro
Te Puke Te Ao First
2nd: Te Keepa Te Rangihiwinui
see results for six more candidates
Southern Maori
Held by HK Taiaroa
Hōri Kerei Taiaroa Fifth

Changes during termEdit

There were a number of changes during the term of the 9th Parliament.

By-election Electorate Date Incumbent Reason Winner
1885 Oamaru 20 May Samuel Shrimski Resignation Thomas William Hislop
1885 (1st) Tauranga 22 May George Morris Resignation John Sheehan
1885 Waimea 3 June Joseph Shephard Resignation John Kerr
1885 Southern Maori 10 June Hōri Kerei Taiaroa Resignation Tame Parata
1885 Wakanui 6 July John Grigg Resignation Joseph Ivess
1885 (2nd) Tauranga 11 July John Sheehan Death Lawrence Grace
1885 Bruce 5 August Robert Gillies Resignation Donald Reid
1886 Sydenham 12 May William White Resignation Richard Taylor
1886 Dunedin Central 19 October James Bradshaw Death Thomas Bracken
1886 Waitemata 11 December William Hurst Death Richard Monk
1886 Western Maori 23 December Te Puke Te Ao Death Hoani Taipua
1887 Heathcote[16] 8 February John Coster Death Frederic Jones
1887 Port Chalmers 6 April James Macandrew Death James Mills
1887 Te Aro 15 April Charles Johnston Resignation Francis Fraser
1887 Northern Maori 9 May Ihaka Hakuene Death Wi Katene
1887 Avon[17] 1 June Leonard Harper Resignation Edwin Blake


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