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