1879 Eastern Maori by-election

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The 1879 Eastern Maori by-election was a by-election held on 7 July in the Eastern Maori electorate during the 6th New Zealand Parliament.

The by-election was caused by the death on 24 February of the incumbent MP Karaitiana Takamoana.

The by-election was won by Henare Tomoana.

Henare Matua was seen by some as the "Government candidate" and a leader of the "Repudiation" faction. [1] [2]


The following table gives the election results:

1879 Eastern Maori by-election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Henare Tomoana 652 37.84
Independent Henare Matua 583 33.84
Independent Hans Tapsell 429 24.90
Independent Henare Te Pukuatua 59 3.42
Majority 69 4.00
Turnout 1723


  1. ^ "Eastern Maori Election". Waka Maori. 19 July 1879.
  2. ^ "Eastern Maori Election". New Zealand Times. 15 July 1879.