New Zealand general election, 1925

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New Zealand general election, 1925
New Zealand
1922 ←
4 November 1925 (1925-11-04) → 1928

All 80 seats in the House of Representatives
41 seats were needed for a majority
Turnout 90.02%
  First party Second party
  Joseph Gordon Coates 1931.jpg Harry Holland (1925).jpg
Leader Gordon Coates Harry Holland
Party Reform Labour
Leader since 1925 1919
Leader's seat Kaipara Buller
Last election 37 seats, 39.4% 17 seats, 23.7%
Seats won 55 12
Seat change Increase 18 Decrease 5
Popular vote 324,462 184,650
Percentage 47.79% 27.20%
Swing Increase 8.39% Increase 3.50%

  Third party Fourth party
  George William Forbes.jpg No image.png
Leader George Forbes Unknown
Party Liberal Country Party
Leader since 1925
Leader's seat Hurunui
Last election 22 seats, 26.3%
Seats won 11 0
Seat change Decrease 11 Steady 0
Popular vote 152,697 2,398
Percentage 22.49% 0.35%
Swing Decrease 3.81%

Prime Minister before election

Gordon Coates

Prime Minister-designate

Gordon Coates

The New Zealand general election of 1925 was held 4 November (the Māori vote had taken place the previous day) to elect a total of 80 MPs to the 22nd session of the Parliament of New Zealand. A total number of 678,877 (90.02%) voters turned out to vote. In one seat (Bay of Plenty) there was only one candidate.[1][2]

In 1922, registration as an elector was made compulsory for all those eligible (except Māori).


Gordon Coates continued as Prime Minister, with his Reform Party winning an outright majority of 30. Leonard Isitt and George Witty were both appointed to the Legislative Council by Gordon Coates on 28 October 1925; shortly before the election on 4 November. Both were Liberals but their retirement removed "a source of some bitterness from the Party's ranks".[3] Gordon Coates was Reform, and both of their former seats went to Reform candidates.

After the election both Labour and Liberals held 11 seats. A tie at 4,900 votes each in Lyttelton (between the Labour and Reform candidates) was eventually settled in Labour's favour on 13 March 1926. After winning the 15 April 1926 by-election in Eden, Labour became the official opposition.[4]

Party totals[edit]

Party Total votes Percentage Seats won
Reform 324,239 47.18 55
Labour 187,610 27.30 12
Liberal 143,931 20.94 11
Country Party 2,398 0.35 0
Independent 29,107 4.24 2
Total 687,285 80

Electorate results[edit]

The results of the 1925 election were as follows:


 Liberal    Reform    Labour    Country Party    Independent  

Electorate results for the New Zealand general election, 1925[5][6]
Electorate Incumbent Winner Majority Runner up
General electorates
Ashburton William Nosworthy 2,117 John Nicholson Harle
Awarua Philip De La Perrelle John Hamilton 220[7] Philip De La Perrelle
Bay of Plenty Kenneth Williams (uncontested)
Invercargill Josiah Hanan Joseph Ward 159 James Hargest
Kaiapoi David Buddo 556 William Brock[8]
Lyttelton James McCombs[nb 1] 6 Melville Lyons
Marsden Alfred Murdoch William Jones 651 Alfred Murdoch
Palmerston Jimmy Nash 3,240 Walter Bromley
Raglan Richard Bollard 2,856 Ernest Piggott[9]
Rotorua Frank Hockly 2,776 Cecil Clinkard
Temuka Thomas Burnett 535 Charles John Talbot
Waipawa George Hunter 1,781 William Ashton Chambers
Waitemata Alexander Harris 3,577 Arthur Osborne
Wanganui Bill Veitch 891 John Coull[10]
Māori electorates
Eastern Maori Sir Apirana Ngata Hone Mokena
Northern Maori Taurekareka Henare Hone Wi Kaitaia
Southern Maori Henare Uru Tuiti MacDonald
Western Maori Maui Pomare Ngarangi Katitia

Table footnotes:

  1. ^ Melville Lyons was elected for the Reform Party, originally the votes were equal (4900), then a recount found for Lyons. But on appeal his election was declared void on 13 March 1926, and the previous holder, James McCombs, was restored as the electorate representative.
Electorate Incumbent Winner Second Place
Auckland Central Bill Parry Bill Parry C A Wilson
Auckland East John A. Lee John A. Lee J Stewart
Auckland West Michael Joseph Savage Michael Joseph Savage S Oldfield
Avon Dan Sullivan Dan Sullivan W E Leadley
Bay of Islands Allen Bell Allen Bell H J Sweeney
Buller Harry Holland Harry Holland C S Bielby
Chalmers James McColl Dickson James McColl Dickson Michael Connelly
Christchurch East Tim Armstrong Tim Armstrong D F Dennehy
Christchurch North Leonard Isitt Henry Holland Henry Thacker
Christchurch South Ted Howard Ted Howard Harry Ell
Clutha John Edie Fred Waite John Edie
Dunedin Central Charles Statham Charles Statham John Gilchrist
Dunedin North James Wright Munro Harold Livingstone Tapley James Wright Munro
Dunedin South Thomas Sidey Thomas Sidey John McManus
Dunedin West William Downie Stewart William Downie Stewart R Harrison
Eastern Maori Apirana Ngata Apirana Ngata Hone Mokena
Eden James Parr James Parr Rex Mason
Egmont Oswald Hawken Oswald Hawken W C G Green
Ellesmere Heaton Rhodes David Jones Jeremiah Connolly
Franklin Ewen McLennan Ewen McLennan D McClymont
Gisborne Douglas Lysnar Douglas Lysnar David William Coleman
Grey Lynn Fred Bartram Fred Bartram Ellen Melville
Hamilton Alexander Young Alexander Young Lee Martin
Hawke's Bay Gilbert McKay Hugh Campbell Gilbert McKay
Hurunui George Forbes George Forbes J G Armstrong
Hutt Thomas Wilford Thomas Wilford Walter Nash
Kaipara Gordon Coates Gordon Coates Bill Barnard
Manawatu Joseph Linklater Joseph Linklater Benjamin Roberts
Manukau William Jordan William Jordan Jack Massey
Masterton George Sykes George Sykes J W Andrews
Mataura George Anderson George Anderson W Hinchey
Motueka Richard Hudson Richard Hudson Mark Fagan
Napier Lewis McIlvride John Mason Lewis McIlvride
Nelson Harry Atmore Harry Atmore A Gilbert
Northern Maori Taurekareka Henare Taurekareka Henare Hone Wi Kaitaia
Oamaru John MacPherson Ernest Lee John MacPherson
Ohinemuri Hugh Poland Albert Samuel Hugh Poland
Oroua David Guthrie John Gordon Eliott John Cobbe
Otaki William Hughes Field William Hughes Field Bob Semple
Pahiatua Alfred Ransom Alfred Ransom Archibald McNicol
Parnell James Samuel Dickson James Samuel Dickson R F Way
Patea James Randall Corrigan Harold Dickie James Randall Corrigan
Rangitikei William Spiers Glenn William Spiers Glenn C J Duggan
Riccarton George Witty Herbert Kyle W Cole
Roskill Vivian Potter Vivian Potter Alfred Hall-Skelton
Southern Maori Henare Uru Henare Uru Tuiti MacDonald
Stratford Robert Masters Edward Walter Robert Masters
Taranaki Sydney George Smith Charles Bellringer Sydney George Smith
Tauranga Charles MacMillan Charles MacMillan Robert Coulter
Thames Thomas William Rhodes Thomas William Rhodes W E G Willy
Timaru Frank Rolleston Frank Rolleston Percy Vinnell
Waikato Frederick Lye Stewart Reid Frederick Lye
Waimarino Frank Langstone Robert William Smith Frank Langstone
Wairarapa Alexander Donald McLeod Alexander Donald McLeod F T Arkle
Wairau William Girling William Girling Richard McCallum
Waitaki John Bitchener John Bitchener G Barclay
Waitomo John Rolleston John Rolleston Walter Broadfoot
Wakatipu James Horn James Horn J Ritchie
Wallace John Charles Thomson Adam Hamilton J M MacKenzie
Wellington Central Peter Fraser Peter Fraser A D Sloane
Wellington East Alec Monteith Thomas Forsyth Alec Monteith
Wellington North John Luke John Luke Henry Ernest Combs
Wellington South Robert McKeen Robert McKeen Archibald Burnett Sievwright
Wellington Suburbs Robert Wright Robert Wright Charles Chapman
Western Maori Maui Pomare Maui Pomare Rangi Mawhete
Westland James O'Brien Tom Seddon James O'Brien


  1. ^ Bassett 1982, p. 67.
  2. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 286.
  3. ^ Bassett 1982, p. 35.
  4. ^ Bassett 1982, p. 36-37.
  5. ^ The New Zealand Official Year-Book. Government Printer. 1926. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  6. ^ The General Election, 1925. Government Printer. 1926. pp. 1–6. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Awarua". The Evening Post 116 (116). 12 November 1925. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "Election Notices". The Press LXI (18524). 28 October 1925. p. 17. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Labour in Raglan". The New Zealand Herald LXII (19149). 15 October 1925. p. 14. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Local and General News". The New Zealand Herald LXII (19163). 31 October 1925. p. 12. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 

External links[edit]


  • Bassett, Michael (1982). Three Party Politics in New Zealand 1911–1931. Auckland: Historical Publications. ISBN 0-86870-006-1. 
  • Chapman, Robert M. (1948). The Significance of the 1928 General Election: A Study in Certain Trends in New Zealand Politics During the Nineteen-Twenties (Thesis). Palmerston North: Massey University. 
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.