The Akaroa electorate was named after Akaroa on Banks Peninsula. It covered the peninsula and other rural land near Christchurch. Its boundary was a straight line running due south "from the Conical Rocks midway between the eastern headland of Port Albert, and the western headland of Pigeon Bay, due south across Banks' Peninsula, meeting the sea at the western headland of Island Bay." Its only neighbour was the large, rural electorate of Christchurch Country, which covered most of Canterbury and the West Coast.
In subsequent years, the electorate's boundaries shifted slightly, retreating on the Peninsula's northern coast and expanding on its southern coast (gaining the Kaitorete Spit, between Lake Ellesmere / Te Waihora and the sea).
In the 1871 election, the bulk of Mount Herbert electorate, which covered the land around Lyttelton Harbour except for Lyttelton itself, was absorbed into Akaroa. Later, in the 1887 election, the electorate gained a spur extending almost as far west as Lincoln, but lost this again in the 1890 election. In 1890, the electorate included the town of Lyttelton.
The Lyttelton electorate was abolished for the 1890 election election and the town became part of the Akaroa electorate. Lyttelton's incumbent, John Joyce contested the election against McGregor and William Barnett. Joyce defeated McGregor by 750 to 647 votes, with Barnett coming a distant third.
Members of ParliamentEdit
|1853 election||William Moorhouse|
|1855 election||John Cuff|
|1858 by-election||William Moorhouse|
|1861 election||Augustus White|
|1863 by-election||Lancelot Walker|
|1866 election||George Armstrong|
|1871 election||Robert Rhodes|
|1874 (1st) by-election||William Montgomery|
|1874 (2nd) by-election|
|1887 election||Alexander McGregor|
|1890 election||John Joyce|
|(Electorate abolished 1893, see Ellesmere)|
April 1874 by-electionEdit
|Independent||William Sefton Moorhouse||27||61.36|
|Independent||Robert Heaton Rhodes||17||38.64|
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