New Zealand general election, 1990

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New Zealand general election, 1990
New Zealand
1987 ←
members
27 October 1990 → 1993
members

All 97 seats in the House of Representatives of New Zealand
49 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  Jim Bolger at press conference cropped.jpg Mike Moore.jpg Jim Anderton.jpg
Leader Jim Bolger Mike Moore Jim Anderton
Party National Labour NewLabour
Leader since 1986 1990 1989
Leader's seat King Country Christchurch North Sydenham
Last election 40 seats, 44.02% 57 seats, 47.96% Not yet founded
Seats won 67 29 1
Seat change Increase 27 Decrease 28 Increase 1
Popular vote 872,358 640,915 94,171
Percentage 47.82% 35.14% 5.16%
Swing Increase 3.80% Decrease 12.82% Increase 5.16%

Prime Minister before election

Mike Moore
Labour

Elected Prime Minister

Jim Bolger
National

The 1990 New Zealand general election was held on 27 October to determine the composition of the 43rd New Zealand parliament. The governing Labour Party was defeated, ending its controversial two terms in office. The National Party, led by Jim Bolger, won a landslide victory and formed the new government.

Background[edit]

The Labour Party had taken office after defeating the National Party under Rob Muldoon in the 1984 election. David Lange became Prime Minister and Roger Douglas became Minister of Finance. The economic program outlined by Douglas was deeply unpopular with Labour's traditional supporters, however — deregulation, privatisation, and free trade, all opposed by the party's more left-wing members, were a key part of the so-called "Rogernomics" platform. This internal dissent was off-set somewhat by new social legislation and a strong stance against nuclear weapons.

Labour was re-elected in the 1987 election with its parliamentary majority untouched, but the internal disputes continued. Eventually Lange forced Douglas to resign in December 1988, but the crisis had weakened Lange's position such that he resigned eight months later. He was replaced as Prime Minister by Geoffrey Palmer, but Palmer failed to revive Labour's falling popularity. Several months before the election, Palmer was replaced by Mike Moore. The National Party was performing strongly — its leader, Jim Bolger, spoke repeatedly of "the Decent Society", saying that the reforms were doing significant damage to the social fabric of the country. The government was also being challenged by the NewLabour Party, founded by renegade MP Jim Anderton.

The election[edit]

The date for the 1990 election was 27 October. 2,202,157 people were registered to vote, and 85.2% of these people turned out. The number of seats being contested was 97 — this was the same as in the previous election, which had the largest number of seats for any Parliament until that point.

Summary of results[edit]

The 1990 election eventually saw a victory for the National Party, then in opposition. National won nearly half (48%) of the vote and 67 (69%) of the seats, becoming the fourth National government. This was the highest number of seats the party had ever won, either in absolute terms or as a percentage. Four new (and young) National MPs: (Bill English, Tony Ryall, Roger Sowry and Nick Smith) were called the "brat pack" by Sir Rob Muldoon (himself one of the "Young Turks" of 1960).[1]

The new Green Party gained the third-highest number of votes, but won no seats. The NewLabour Party won a single seat, due to Jim Anderton retaining the Sydenham seat he originally won as a Labour candidate.

The governing Labour Party, by contrast, suffered its worst-ever electoral defeat since it first won power in the 1935 election, winning only 29 (30%) of the seats and 35% of the vote (its lowest percentage since 1931), and losing 27 seats. Initially it appeared that twelve ministers and the Speaker had lost their seats, but Fran Wilde scraped in on special votes. And many of Labour's talented "class of 84" were sent away, though four of them: Annette King, Jim Sutton, Trevor Mallard and Judy Keall returned in 1993.[2]

The result was primarily due to intense anger at labour and its policies(shown by it losing 12% of its vote) rather than love of National(which only increased its vote by 4%)

Detailed results[edit]

Party totals[edit]

Election results[3]
Party Candidates Total votes Percentage Seats won
National 97 872,358 47.82 67
Labour 97 640,915 35.14 29
Greens 71 124,915 6.85 -
NewLabour 93 94,171 5.16 1
Democrats 91 30,455 1.67 -
Social Credit 68 17,897 0.98 -
Mana Motuhake 4 10,869 0.60 -
McGillicuddy Serious 59 10,058 0.55 -
Christian Heritage 18 9,591 0.53 -
Minor parties and Independents 76 12,863 0.71 -
Total 674 1,824,092 97

Votes summary[edit]

Popular Vote
National
  
47.82%
Labour
  
35.14%
Greens
  
6.85%
NewLabour
  
5.16%
Democrats
  
2.02%
Others
  
3.37%
Parliament seats
National
  
69.07%
Labour
  
29.90%
NewLabour
  
1.03%

Electorate results[edit]

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The tables below shows the results of the 1990 general election:

Key

 National    Labour    Green    NewLabour    Mana Motuhake  

Electorate results for the New Zealand general election, 1990
Electorate Incumbent Winner Majority Runner up
General electorates
Albany Don McKinnon J Allen
Ashburton Jenny Shipley Basil Moskovis
Auckland Central Richard Prebble K Hill
Avon Larry Sutherland W Rush
Awarua Jeff Grant H A Russell
Bay of Islands John Carter B R Dent
Birkenhead Jenny Kirk Ian Revell Jenny Kirk
Christchurch Central Geoffrey Palmer Lianne Dalziel R Gluer
Christchurch North Mike Moore P Yarrell
Clevedon Warren Kyd A Stubbs-Batten
Clutha Robin Gray J Buchanan
Coromandel Graeme Lee Margaret Hawkeswood
Dunedin North Stan Rodger Pete Hodgson G Donoghue
Dunedin West Geoffrey Palmer Ian McMeeking
East Cape Anne Collins Tony Ryall Anne Collins
East Coast Bays Murray McCully Gary Knapp
Eastern Hutt Trevor Young Paul Swain R F Thomas
Eden Richard Northey Christine Fletcher Richard Northey
Fendalton Philip Burdon T Day
Gisborne Allan Wallbank Wayne Kimber Allan Wallbank
Glenfield Judy Keall Peter Hilt Judy Keall
Hamilton East Bill Dillon Tony Steel Bill Dillon
Hamilton West Trevor Mallard Grant Thomas Trevor Mallard
Hastings David Butcher Jeff Whitaker David Butcher
Hawkes Bay Bill Sutton Michael Laws Bill Sutton
Heretaunga Bill Jeffries Peter McCardle Bill Jeffries
Hobson Ross Meurant H Henry
Horowhenua Annette King Hamish Hancock Annette King
Invercargill Rob Munro B G Rait
Island Bay Elizabeth Tennet A Nolan
Kaimai Robert Anderson G L Dickson
Kaipara Lockwood Smith W K Sellwood
Kapiti Margaret Shields Roger Sowry Margaret Shields
King Country Jim Bolger C Gordon
Lyttelton Peter Simpson Gail McIntosh Peter Simpson
Manawatu David Robinson Hamish MacIntyre David Robinson
Mangere David Lange B Archer
Manurewa Roger Douglas George Hawkins P Baker
Maramarua Bill Birch Charles Chauvel
Marlborough Doug Kidd B Hutchinson
Matamata John Luxton W J Pepperell
Miramar Peter Neilson Graeme Reeves Peter Neilson
Mt Albert Helen Clark L Bellshaw
Napier Geoff Braybrooke C M Pritchard
Nelson Philip Woollaston John Blincoe L Baigent
New Lynn Jonathan Hunt M A Bishop
New Plymouth Harry Duynhoven John Armstrong Harry Duynhoven
North Shore George Gair Bruce Cliffe G Ransom
Ohariu Peter Dunne G Mathew
Onehunga Fred Gerbic Grahame Thorne Fred Gerbic
Otago Warren Cooper T Cooke
Otara Colin Moyle Trevor Rogers Taito Phillip Field
Pahiatua John Falloon M Martindale
Pakuranga Maurice Williamson F C Grant
Palmerston North Trevor de Cleene Steve Maharey P L Sherriff
Panmure Bob Tizard Judith Tizard G Bartlett
Papakura Merv Wellington John Robertson James Stubbs
Papatoetoe Ross Robertson A W Brewster
Pencarrow Sonja Davies Ray Wallace
Porirua Graham Kelly P Faulkner
Raglan Simon Upton O Scaletti-Longley
Rangiora Jim Gerard J A McLachlan
Rangitikei Denis Marshall P Barton
Remuera Doug Graham C Harding
Roskill Phil Goff Gilbert Myles Phil Goff
Rotorua Paul East B Raitt
St Albans David Caygill D Dumergue
St Kilda Michael Cullen B Alexander
Selwyn Ruth Richardson V Elley
Sydenham Jim Anderton L S Constable
Tamaki Robert Muldoon M Martindale
Taranaki Roger Maxwell S Dalziel
Tarawera Ian McLean Max Bradford M R Moore
Tasman Ken Shirley Nick Smith Ken Shirley
Tauranga Winston Peters W K Delaney
Te Atatu Michael Bassett Brian Neeson Dan McCaffrey
Timaru Maurice McTigue G J Clarke
Titirangi Ralph Maxwell Marie Hasler Ralph Maxwell
Tongariro Noel Scott Ian Peters Noel Scott
Waikaremoana Roger McClay D Davies
Waikato Rob Storey G Middleton
Waipa Katherine O'Regan M Apiata-Wade
Wairarapa Wyatt Creech P Morgan
Waitaki Jim Sutton Alec Neill Jim Sutton
Waitotara Venn Young Peter Gresham D T O'Sullivan
Wallace Derek Angus Bill English David Soper
Wanganui Russell Marshall Cam Campion Jill Pettis
Wellington Central Fran Wilde Pauline Gardiner[nb 1]
West Auckland Jack Elder L Wicks
West Coast Kerry Burke Margaret Moir Kerry Burke
Western Hutt John Terris Joy Quigley John Terris
Whangarei John Banks E E Tait
Yaldhurst Margaret Austin J Connelly
Māori electorates
Eastern Maori Peter Tapsell W K Kaa
Northern Maori Bruce Gregory Matiu Rata
Southern Maori Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan Tikirau Stevens
Western Maori Koro Wētere Eva Rickard

Table footnotes:

  1. ^ Gardiner was first on election night for Wellington Central, but lost when special votes were included [2]

Summary of seat changes[edit]

  • Electoral redistributions:
    • There was no redistribution of electoral boundaries between the 1987 and 1990 elections.
  • Seats captured:
    • By National: Birkenhead, East Cape, Eden, Gisborne, Glenfield, Hamilton East, Hamilton West, Hastings, Hawkes Bay, Heretaunga, Horowhenua, Kapiti, Lyttelton, Manawatu, Miramar, New Plymouth, Onehunga, Otara, Roskill, Tasman, Te Atatu, Titirangi, Tongariro, Waitaki, Wanganui, West Coast and Western Hutt (27 seats) were captured from Labour.
  • Seats transferred from departing MPs to new MPs:
    • The seats of North Shore, Papakura, Tarawera, Waitotara and Wallace, all held by departing National MPs, were won by new National candidates.
    • The seats of Christchurch Central, Dunedin North, Eastern Hutt, Manurewa, Nelson, Palmerston North and Panmure, all held by departing Labour MPs, were won by new Labour candidates.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ *"The Brat Pack loses a member". Stuff/Fairfax. 25 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Bassett 2008, p. 538.
  3. ^ "New Zealand Elections 1972-1993". New Zealand Election Study. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 

References[edit]

  • Bassett, Michael (2008). Working with David: Inside the Lange Cabinet. Auckland: Hodder Moa. ISBN 978-1-86971-094-1. 
  • McLeay (ed), E. M. (1991). The 1990 General Election, Perspectives on Political Change in New Zealand: Occasional Publications No 3, Department of Political Science. Wellington: Victoria University of Wellington. ISBN 0-475-11202-4. 
  • Vowles, Jack & Aimer, Peter (1993). Voters’ Vengeance: The 1990 Election in New Zealand and the fate of the Fourth Labour Government. Auckland: University Press. ISBN 1-86940-078-X.