Pensioner Settlements (New Zealand electorate)

Pensioner Settlements was a 19th-century parliamentary multi-member electorate in the Auckland region of New Zealand, from 1853 to 1870.

Geographic distributionEdit

The electorate was in South Auckland, based on the settlements or suburbs of Howick, Onehunga, Otahuhu, and Panmure where the Fencibles lived; retired former British soldiers who were available to defend Auckland during the New Zealand Wars.


Pensioner Settlements was one of the original electorates used for the 1st Parliament elected in 1853; and existed until the end of the 4th Parliament on 30 December 1870. In 1871, several new electorates were created in Auckland.

Captain Symonds was elected on 30 April 1858.[1] De Quincey was elected in the 1866 general election,[2] but he resigned soon after. The 5 August 1867 by-election was won by John Kerr. A second person, a Mr Jackson, was nominated, but the returning officer would not accept the nomination, as Jackson was not on the electoral roll. Thus, Kerr was declared elected unopposed.[3]

Members of ParliamentEdit

The electorate was represented by seven Members of Parliament. From 1853 to 1860, it was a two-member electorate. For the 3rd and 4th Parliaments, it was a single-member electorate.[4]



multi-member electorateEdit

Election Winners
1853 election John Bacot Joseph Greenwood
1855 election John Williamson
1858 by-election Captain Jermyn Symonds

single-member electorateEdit

Election Winner
1861 election William Mason
1866 election Paul Frederick de Quincey
1867 by-election John Kerr

Election resultsEdit

1858 by-electionEdit

1858 Pensioner Settlements by-election[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Jermyn Symonds 262 52.6
Independent Captain Balneavis 236 47.4
Turnout 498
Majority 26


  1. ^ "The Elections". Daily Southern Cross. Vol. XV, no. 1132. 4 May 1858. p. 3. Retrieved 29 June 2010.
  2. ^ "The Elections". Otago Witness. No. 747. 24 March 1866. p. 11. Retrieved 3 July 2010.
  3. ^ "PENSIONER SETTLEMENTS ELECTION. RETURN OF MR. KERR". Daily Southern Cross. Vol. XXIII, no. 3135. 6 August 1867. p. 3. Retrieved 3 July 2010.
  4. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
  5. ^ "The Elections". Daily Southern Cross. Vol. XV, no. 1132. 4 May 1858. p. 3. Retrieved 2 May 2013.