Tauranga by-election, 1993

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Tauranga by-election, 1993
New Zealand
1990 general ←
17 April 1993 (1993-04-17) → 1993 general

Turnout 12,631
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Candidate Winston Peters G M Pittams
Party Independent McGillicuddy Serious
Popular vote 11,458 271
Percentage 90.71 2.15

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Tauranga in relation to New Zealand

Member before election

Winston Peters

Elected Member

Winston Peters

The Tauranga by-election was a by-election in the New Zealand electorate of Tauranga, a city in New Zealand's North Island. It took place on 17 April 1993, and was precipitated by the resignation from parliament of sitting MP Winston Peters. Peters, who had been increasingly at odds with his National Party colleagues, had resigned both from his party and from Parliament. He contested the seat as an independent.[1]

None of the major parties contested this election, claiming the upcoming general election was close enough to make the by-election nothing but a publicity stunt. The National Party did not propose a candidate to replace Peters. As expected, Peters won a massive majority, receiving just over ninety percent of the vote. It is debated exactly what his margin of victory might have been if the election had been fully contested, but it was never really believed that Peters would lose. The distant runner-up in the election was a member of the McGillicuddy Serious Party, a joke party.

Tauranga by-election, 1993[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Winston Peters 11,458 90.71
McGillicuddy Serious G M Pittams 271 2.15
Independent Peter Wakeman 190 1.50
HFA G J Barham 185 1.46
SM P R Watson 184 1.46
Independent I M Baikie 109 0.86
Natural Law L Lee 101 0.80
HEMP A G Bedford 55 0.44
Blokes' Liberation Front R S Tengblad 29 0.23
Aotearoa Partnership R A Campbell 25 0.20
Christ's Ambassadors Union Victor Bryers 24 0.19
Majority 11,187 88.57
Informal votes 449 3.43
Turnout 13,080 49.08
Registered electors 26,651


  1. ^ Levy, Danya (28 November 2011). "Winston Peters aims to lead the opposition". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Election results 1993, pp. 175f.