39th New Zealand Parliament

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The 39th New Zealand Parliament was a term of the Parliament of New Zealand which began with the general election held on 25 November 1978, and finished with the general election held on 28 November 1981. The dates of the Muldoon Ministry were from 13 December 1978 to 11 December 1981.

The Prime Minister, Robert Muldoon of the National Party, led the Third National Government from 1975 to 1984.

Initial composition of the 39th Parliament[edit]

The tables below shows the results of the 1978 general election:

Key

 National    Labour    Social Credit  

Electorate results for the New Zealand general election, 1978
Electorate Incumbent Winner Majority Runner up
General electorates
Albany New electorate Don McKinnon 1,159 D W Rankin
Ashburton New electorate Rob Talbot 3.005 A J Srhoy
Auckland Central Richard Prebble 5,284 Mrs M T Cole
Avon Mary Batchelor 8,215 T P George
Awarua Rex Austin 1,450 W P Devine
Bay of Islands New electorate Neill Austin 1,682 W G McPherson
Birkenhead Jim McLay 2,534 L R Stanton
Christchurch Central Bruce Barclay 5,947 M G Clucas
Clutha Peter Gordon Robin Gray 1,427 F A O'Connell
Dunedin Central Brian MacDonell 3,413 M B Ablett
Dunedin North Richard Walls Stan Rodger 2,850 Richard Walls
East Cape New electorate Duncan MacIntyre 2,533 O P Drabble
East Coast Bays Frank Gill 1,566 Mrs C Hicks
Eastern Hutt New electorate Trevor Young 5,373 Rosemary Young
Eden Aussie Malcolm 648 J C Hinchcliff
Fendalton New electorate Eric Holland 1,956 David Close[1]
Gisborne Bob Bell 213 Allan Wallbank
Hamilton East Ian Shearer 1,361 Mrs L J Welch
Hamilton West Mike Minogue 1,006 Dorothy Jelicich
Hastings Robert Fenton David Butcher 334 Robert Fenton
Hauraki New electorate Leo Schultz 2,019 Gordon Miller
Hawkes Bay Richard Harrison 1,908 Mike Cullen
Helensville New electorate Dail Jones 1,199 Jack Elder
Heretaunga Ron Bailey 2,744 J W Ward
Horowhenua New electorate Geoff Thompson 744 A C Eyles
Hunua New electorate Winston Peters 192 Malcolm Douglas[nb 1]
Invercargill Norman Jones 256 Aubrey Begg
Island Bay Gerald O'Brien Frank O'Flynn 650 Bill Nathan[nb 2]
Kaimai New electorate Bruce Townshend 3,476 D J F Conway
Kaipara New electorate Peter Wilkinson 520 Nevern McConachy[2]
Kapiti Barry Brill 23 Margaret Shields[nb 3]
King Country Jim Bolger 2,770 L L Menefy
Lyttelton Colleen Dewe Ann Hercus 1,423 Colleen Dewe
Manawatu Allan McCready Michael Cox 2,913 Trevor de Cleene
Mangere David Lange 6,263 P L Saunders
Manurewa Merv Wellington Roger Douglas 2,467 P F O'Brien
Marlborough Edward Latter Doug Kidd 323 Ian Brooks
Matamata New electorate Jack Luxton 4,407 D R Mawdsley
Miramar Bill Young 315 Bill Jeffries
Mt Albert Warren Freer 2,861 F Ryan
Napier Gordon Christie 2,927 K J Rose
Nelson Mel Courtney 2,239 Peter Malone
New Lynn Jonathan Hunt 4,390 Mrs J F Bridges
New Plymouth Tony Friedlander 112 D W Duggan
North Shore George Gair 4,650 G A T Leckey
Onehunga Frank Rogers 1,417 J P S Hutchinson
Ohariu New electorate Hugh Templeton 1,958 Helene Ritchie
Otago New electorate Warren Cooper 3,722 R J Rutherford
Otahuhu Bob Tizard 4,762 R P Ah Chee
Pahiatua John Falloon 6,675 P M A Hills
Pakuranga Gavin Downie Pat Hunt 2,111 Mrs E. J. Smith
Palmerston North John Lithgow Joe Walding 2,736 John Lithgow
Papakura New electorate Merv Wellington 3,622 Geoff Braybrooke
Papanui Bert Walker Mike Moore 3,289 Bert Walker
Papatoetoe New electorate Eddie Isbey 1,511 C. Bidois
Pencarrow New electorate Fraser Colman 3,649 B R Newell
Porirua Gerard Wall 3,657 A H C Perry
Rangiora Derek Quigley 1,145 D S McKenzie
Rangiriri New electorate Bill Birch 2,276 R F McKee
Rangitikei Bruce Beetham 2,853 Les Gandar
Remuera Allan Highet 5,771 Mrs L P Goffin
Roskill Arthur Faulkner 1,671 John Banks
Rotorua Harry Lapwood Paul East 1,020 Peter Tapsell
St Albans Roger Drayton David Caygill 3,679 P N Russell
St Kilda William Fraser 2,959 G K Laing
Selwyn New electorate Colin McLachlan 1,232 W E Woods
Sydenham John Kirk 7,040 I G B Wilson
Tamaki Robert Muldoon 6,310 M Cooke-Pennefeather
Taranaki New electorate David Thomson 4,573 K A Tracey
Tarawera New electorate Ian Mclean 2,022 John Joseph Stewart
Tasman Bill Rowling 1,794 Ruth Richardson
Taupo Ray La Varis Jack Ridley 609 Lesley A Miller[3]
Tauranga Keith Allen 3,318 Paul Hills
Te Atatu Michael Bassett 2,819 W R Cross
Timaru Basil Arthur 2,183 W S Penno
Waikato Lance Adams-Schneider 5,063 B G West[4]
Waipa New electorate Marilyn Waring 4,906 John Kilbride
Wairarapa Ben Couch 837 A. E. Levett
Waitakere New electorate Ralph Maxwell 2,016 W R McD Haresnape
Waitaki New electorate Jonathan Elworthy 1,315 W R Laney
Waitotara New electorate Venn Young 4,109 Mrs E H Charteris
Wallace Brian Talboys 5,324 J A Thomson
Wanganui Russell Marshall 3,102 J G Rowan
Wellington Central Ken Comber 916 Neville Pickering
West Coast Paddy Blanchfield Kerry Burke 5,647 G K A Ferguson
Western Hutt Brian Lambert John Terris 168 Brian Lambert
Whangarei John Elliott 1,176 Colin Moyle
Yaldhurst New electorate Mick Connelly 1,638 D. G. Watson
Māori electorates
Eastern Maori Paraone Reweti 7,400 M Searancke
Northern Maori Matiu Rata 4,844 H Te K Toia
Southern Maori Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan 9,180 C P Maitai
Western Maori Koro Wētere 9,719 G H Piherria

Table footnotes:

  1. ^ The election of Malcolm Douglas in Hunua was overturned by the Electoral Court on 24 May 1979
  2. ^ Gerald O'Brien came third standing as Independent Labour
  3. ^ Margaret Shields had initially been declared the winner but she lost 83 votes in a magisterial recount

By-elections during 39th Parliament[edit]

There were a number of changes during the term of the 39th Parliament.

Electorate and by-election Date Incumbent Cause Winner
Christchurch Central 1979 18 August Bruce Barclay Death Geoffrey Palmer
Northern Maori 1980 7 June Matiu Rata Resignation Bruce Gregory
Onehunga 1980 7 June Frank Rogers Death Fred Gerbic
East Coast Bays 1980 6 September Frank Gill Appointed as Ambassador to US Gary Knapp

Summary of changes during term[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Bohan 2004, p. 67.
  2. ^ Chapman 1999, p. 208.
  3. ^ Gustafson 1986, p. 284.
  4. ^ Norton 1988, p. 368.

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