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The 48th New Zealand Parliament was a term of the Parliament of New Zealand. Its composition was determined at a general election held on 17 September 2005. The new parliament met for the first time on 7 November 2005. It was dissolved on 3 October 2008.[1]

The Labour Party and the Progressive Party, backed by New Zealand First and United Future, established a majority at the beginning the 48th Parliament. The Labour-led administration was in its third term. The National Party and ACT form the formal opposition to the government. Other non-government parties are the Greens (who promised to abstain on confidence and supply votes) and the Māori Party.

The 48th Parliament consists of 121 representatives. This represents an overhang of one seat, with the Māori Party having won one more electorates than its share of the vote would otherwise have given it. In total, sixty-nine of the MPs were chosen by geographical electorates, including seven Māori electorates. The remainder were elected by means of party-list proportional representation under the MMP electoral system.

Electorate boundaries for 48th Parliament[edit]

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Oath of office[edit]

All the Māori Party MPs tried to alter their Oath of office by adding references to the Treaty of Waitangi. They all had to retake their oaths.

Election result[edit]

e • d  Summary of the 17 September 2005 New Zealand House of Representatives election results[2]
party votes % of votes seats
% change electorate list total change
Labour 935,319 41.10 -0.16 31 19 50 -2
National 889,813 39.10 +18.17 31 17 48 +21
NZ First 130,115 5.72 -4.66 0 7 7 -6
Green 120,521 5.30 -1.70 0 6 6 -3
Māori 48,263 2.12 +2.12 4 0 4 +4
United Future 60,860 2.67 -4.02 1 2 3 -5
ACT 34,469 1.51 -5.63 1 1 2 -7
Progressive 26,441 1.16 -0.54 1 0 1 -1
other parties 29,828 1.31 -3.58 0 0 0 0
total 2,275,629 100.00 69 52 121 +1
informal votes 10,561
disallowed special votes 17,815
total votes cast 2,304,005
turnout 80.92%


Government: the third and final term of the Fifth Labour Government, in power from 1999 until 2008; minority coalition with Progressive Party since 2002
Prime Minister: Helen Clark (Labour) from 1999 to 2008
Governor General: Dame Silvia Cartwright to August 2006; Anand Satyanand August 2006–
Deputy Prime Minister: Michael Cullen (Labour) 2002–2008
Leader of the Opposition: Don Brash (National Party), to November 2006; John Key (National) November 2006 –
Speaker : Margaret Wilson (Labour)
Deputy Speaker: Clem Simich (National)
Assistant Speaker: Ross Robertson (Labour) and Ann Hartley (Labour)
Leader of the House: Michael Cullen (Labour)

Members of the 48th Parliament[edit]

48th New Zealand Parliament - MPs elected to Parliament

List MPs are ordered by allocation as determined by the Chief Electoral Office[3] and the party lists.

Party Name Electorate Term
National Goodhew, JoJo Goodhew Aoraki First
Labour Tizard, JudithJudith Tizard Auckland Central Sixth
Labour Dyson, RuthRuth Dyson Banks Peninsula Fifth
National Ryall, TonyTony Ryall Bay of Plenty Sixth
Labour Barnett, TimTim Barnett Christchurch Central Fourth
Labour Dalziel, LianneLianne Dalziel Christchurch East Sixth
National Collins, JudithJudith Collins Clevedon Second
National English, BillBill English Clutha-Southland Sixth
National Goudie, SandraSandra Goudie Coromandel Second
Labour Hodgson, PetePete Hodgson Dunedin North Sixth
Labour Benson-Pope, DavidDavid Benson-Pope Dunedin South Third
National Tolley, AnneAnne Tolley East Coast Second
National McCully, MurrayMurray McCully East Coast Bays Seventh
ACT Hide, RodneyRodney Hide Epsom Fourth
National Bennett, DavidDavid Bennett Hamilton East First
Labour Gallagher, MartinMartin Gallagher Hamilton West Fourth
National Key, JohnJohn Key Helensville Second
Labour Mallard, TrevorTrevor Mallard Hutt South Seventh
National Brownlee, GerryGerry Brownlee Ilam Fourth
National Roy, EricEric Roy Invercargill Fourth
National King, ColinColin King Kaikōura First
Labour Laban, WinnieWinnie Laban Mana Third
Labour Field, Taito PhillipTaito Phillip Field Mangere Fifth
Labour Robertson, RossRoss Robertson Manukau East Seventh
Labour Hawkins, GeorgeGeorge Hawkins Manurewa Sixth
Labour Gosche, MarkMark Gosche Maungakiekie Fourth
Labour Clark, HelenHelen Clark Mount Albert Ninth
Labour Goff, PhilPhil Goff Mount Roskill Eighth
National Tremain, ChrisChris Tremain Napier First
National Smith, NickNick Smith Nelson Sixth
Labour Cunliffe, DavidDavid Cunliffe New Lynn Third
Labour Duynhoven, HarryHarry Duynhoven New Plymouth Sixth
National Mapp, WayneWayne Mapp North Shore Fourth
National Coleman, JonathanJonathan Coleman Northcote First
National Carter, JohnJohn Carter Northland Seventh
United Future Dunne, PeterPeter Dunne Ohariu-Belmont Eighth
National Dean, JacquiJacqui Dean Otago First
Labour Hughes, DarrenDarren Hughes Otaki Second
National Williamson, MauriceMaurice Williamson Pakuranga Seventh
Labour Maharey, SteveSteve Maharey Palmerston North Sixth
National Tisch, LindsayLindsay Tisch Piako Third
National Hutchison, PaulPaul Hutchison Port Waikato Third
National Connell, BrianBrian Connell Rakaia Second
National Power, SimonSimon Power Rangitikei Third
Labour Swain, PaulPaul Swain Rimutaka Sixth
National Smith, LockwoodLockwood Smith Rodney Eighth
Labour King, AnnetteAnnette King Rongotai Seventh
Labour Chadwick, SteveSteve Chadwick Rotorua Third
National Peachey, AllanAllan Peachey Tamaki First
National Ardern, ShaneShane Ardern Taranaki-King Country Fourth
Labour Burton, MarkMark Burton Taupo Fifth
National Clarkson, BobBob Clarkson Tauranga First
Labour Carter, ChrisChris Carter Te Atatu Fourth
National Foss, CraigCraig Foss Tukituki First
Labour Cosgrove, ClaytonClayton Cosgrove Waimakariri Third
National Hayes, JohnJohn Hayes Wairarapa First
Labour Pillay, LynneLynne Pillay Waitakere Second
Labour Hobbs, MarianMarian Hobbs Wellington Central Fourth
Labour O'Connor, DamienDamien O'Connor West Coast-Tasman Fifth
National Borrows, ChesterChester Borrows Whanganui First
National Heatley, PhilPhil Heatley Whangarei Third
Progressive Anderton, JimJim Anderton Wigram Eighth
Labour Horomia, ParekuraParekura Horomia X-01 Ikaroa-Rāwhiti Third
Labour Mahuta, NanaiaNanaia Mahuta X-02 Tainui Fourth
Māori Sharples, PitaPita Sharples X-03Tāmaki Makaurau First
Māori Turia, TarianaTariana Turia X-04Te Tai Hauāuru Fourth
Māori Harawira, HoneHone Harawira X-05Te Tai Tokerau First
Labour Okeroa, MaharaMahara Okeroa X-06 Te Tai Tonga Third
Māori Flavell, Te UruroaTe Ururoa Flavell X-07Waiariki First
NZ First Peters, WinstonWinston Peters Y-008 Party list, rank 01 Ninth
Green Fitzsimons, JeanetteJeanette Fitzsimons Y-010 Party list, rank 01 Fourth
NZ First Brown, PeterPeter Brown Y-026 Party list, rank 02 Fourth
Green Donald, RodRod Donald Y-029 Party list, rank 02 Fourth
NZ First Donnelly, BrianBrian Donnelly Y-044 Party list, rank 03 Fourth
Green Bradford, SueSue Bradford Y-047 Party list, rank 03 Third
United Future Turner, JudyJudy Turner Y-056 Party list, rank 02 Second
NZ First Mark, RonRon Mark Y-061 Party list, rank 04 Fourth
Green Kedgley, SueSue Kedgley Y-066 Party list, rank 04 Third
Labour Cullen, MichaelMichael Cullen Y-076 Party list, rank 02 Ninth
NZ First Woolerton, DougDoug Woolerton Y-078 Party list, rank 05 Fourth
Labour Wilson, MargaretMargaret Wilson Y-079 Party list, rank 03 Third
National Brash, DonDon Brash Y-080 Party list, rank 01 Second
Labour Samuels, DoverDover Samuels Y-081 Party list, rank 10 Fourth
National Carter, DavidDavid Carter Y-081 Party list, rank 08 Fifth
Labour Sutton, JimJim Sutton Y-079 Party list, rank 11 Seventh
Green Locke, KeithKeith Locke Y-084 Party list, rank 05 Third
National Rich, KatherineKatherine Rich Y-085 Party list, rank 10 Third
Labour Ririnui, MitaMita Ririnui Y-086 Party list, rank 15 Third
National Groser, TimTim Groser Y-087 Party list, rank 13 First
Labour Barker, RickRick Barker Y-088 Party list, rank 21 Fifth
National Worth, RichardRichard Worth Y-089 Party list, rank 16 Third
Labour Pettis, JillJill Pettis Y-090 Party list, rank 24 Fifth
National Simich, ClemClem Simich Y-091 Party list, rank 18 Sixth
United Future Copeland, GordonGordon Copeland Y-092 Party list, rank 03 Second
Labour Choudhary, AshrafAshraf Choudhary Y-093 Party list, rank 25 Second
National te Heuheu, GeorginaGeorgina te Heuheu Y-094 Party list, rank 19 Fourth
Labour Jones, ShaneShane Jones Y-095 Party list, rank 27 First
NZ First Stewart, BarbaraBarbara Stewart Y-096 Party list, rank 06 Second
National Wong, PansyPansy Wong Y-097 Party list, rank 20 Fourth
Labour Yates, DianneDianne Yates Y-098 Party list, rank 28 Fifth
ACT Roy, HeatherHeather Roy Y-099 Party list, rank 02 Second
Labour Hartley, AnnAnn Hartley Y-100 Party list, rank 30 Third
National Finlayson, ChrisChris Finlayson Y-101 Party list, rank 27 First
Labour Beyer, GeorginaGeorgina Beyer Y-102 Party list, rank 35 Third
National Wagner, NickyNicky Wagner Y-103 Party list, rank 28 First
Green Turei, MetiriaMetiria Turei Y-104 Party list, rank 06 Second
Labour Street, MaryanMaryan Street Y-105 Party list, rank 36 First
National Henare, TauTau Henare Y-106 Party list, rank 29 Third
Labour Parker, DavidDavid Parker Y-107 Party list, rank 37 Second
National Auchinvole, ChrisChris Auchinvole Y-108 Party list, rank 34 First
Labour Fairbrother, RussellRussell Fairbrother Y-109 Party list, rank 38 Second
National Blumsky, MarkMark Blumsky Y-110 Party list, rank 36 First
Labour Hereora, DaveDave Hereora Y-111 Party list, rank 39 Second
NZ First Paraone, PitaPita Paraone Y-112 Party list, rank 07 Second
National Wilkinson, KateKate Wilkinson Y-113 Party list, rank 38 First
Labour Mackey, MoanaMoana Mackey Y-114 Party list, rank 41 Second
National Guy, NathanNathan Guy Y-115 Party list, rank 39 First
Labour Moroney, SueSue Moroney Y-117 Party list, rank 42 First
National Blue, JackieJackie Blue Y-118 Party list, rank 41 First
Labour Fenton, DarienDarien Fenton Y-119 Party list, rank 43 First
National Bennett, PaulaPaula Bennett Y-120 Party list, rank 45 First


Changes during parliamentary term[edit]

48th New Zealand Parliament - changes during the term parliamentary term

Party New MP Term started Seat Previous MP
Green Nándor Tánczos 6 November 2005 List Rod Donald1
Labour Charles Chauvel 1 August 2006 List Jim Sutton
National Katrina Shanks 7 February 2007 List Don Brash
Labour Lesley Soper 15 February 2007 List Georgina Beyer
NZ First Dail Jones 15 February 2008 List Brian Donnelly2
Labour Louisa Wall 4 March 2008 List Ann Hartley
Labour Su'a William Sio 29 March 2008 List Dianne Yates
Green Russel Norman 26 June 2008 List Nándor Tánczos
National (vacant) 31 August 2008 Rakaia Brian Connell3

1 Rod Donald died before being sworn in as MP.
2 Brian Donnelly was appointed as New Zealand's High Commissioner to the Cook Islands.
3 Brian Connell retired from Parliament effective August 31, 2008, leaving his seat of Rakaia vacant.

Taito Phillip Field, Labour MP for Mangere, quit the Labour party after being threatened with expulsion on 16 February 2007. He continued to serve as an MP, and formed the New Zealand Pacific Party in January 2008.

Gordon Copeland, a United Future list MP, left the party to become an independent MP in May 2007, and contested the 2008 election as a candidate for The Kiwi Party.


  • Rod Donald, co-leader of the Green Party, died on 6 November 2005 before he was sworn in as a member of the 48th Parliament. He was replaced by the next person on the Green Party's list, former MP Nandor Tanczos, on 16 November.
  • Jim Sutton, a Labour list MP, retired from politics on 31 July 2006. He was replaced by the next person on the Labour Party's list, Charles Chauvel.
  • Don Brash, a National list MP and former leader of the National Party, retired from Parliament on 7 February 2007. He was replaced by the next person on the National Party's list, Katrina Shanks.
  • Georgina Beyer, a Labour list MP, announced her retirement on 15 December 2006, and officially resigned from Parliament when it resumed on 13 February 2007. On 20 February she was replaced by the next person on the Labour Party's list, former MP Lesley Soper.
  • Taito Phillip Field, Labour MP for Mangere, quit the Labour party after being threatened with expulsion on 16 February 2007. He continued to serve as an MP, and formed the New Zealand Pacific Party in January 2008.
  • Gordon Copeland, a United Future list MP, left the party to become an independent MP in May 2007, and contested the 2008 election as a candidate for The Kiwi Party.
  • Ann Hartley, a Labour list MP, was elected to the North Shore City Council in the 2007 local body elections. She left Parliament when it resumed in 2008, and was replaced by the next person on the Labour list, Louisa Wall, a former Silver Ferns netballer, on 4 February 2008.
  • Brian Donnelly, a New Zealand First MP, resigned from Parliament from 12 February 2008, and was replaced by Dail Jones on 15 February 2008. Donnelly was appointed as New Zealand's High Commissioner to the Cook Islands.[4]
  • Dianne Yates, a Labour list MP, stood unsuccessfully for the Hamilton City Council in the 2007 local body elections. She resigned as an MP on 29 March 2008[5] and was replaced by Su'a William Sio on 1 April 2008 as the next person on Labour's list.[6]
  • Nandor Tanczos resigned from Parliament and was replaced by Green Party co-leader Russel Norman on 27 June 2008.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parliament to be dissolved". Otago Daily Times. 1 November 2008. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Official Count Results -- Overall Status". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Actual Quotients for Party List Seat Allocation". Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "New List MP For New Zealand First Party". Scoop.co.nz. 15 February 2008. Retrieved 15 February 2008. 
  5. ^ New Zealand Parliament (1 April 2008). "Resignations: Dianne Yates, NZ Labour". TheyWorkForYou.co.nz. Archived from the original on 30 June 2008. Retrieved 7 June 2008. 
  6. ^ New Zealand Parliament (1 April 2008). "List Member Vacancy". TheyWorkForYou.co.nz. Retrieved 7 June 2008. 
  7. ^ "Greens co-leader now an MP". The Dominion Post. 27 June 2008. Archived from the original on 29 June 2008.