Far North (New Zealand electorate)

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Far North is a former New Zealand parliamentary electorate, which existed for one parliamentary term from 1993 to 1996, and was held by National's John Carter.

Population centres[edit]

Based on the 1991 census, an electoral redistribution was carried out. This resulted in the abolition of nine electorates, and the creation of eleven new electorates. Through an amendment in the Electoral Act in 1965, the number of electorates in the South Island was fixed at 25, so the new electorates increased the number of the North Island electorates by two.[1] In the South Island, one electorate was abolished and one electorate was recreated. In the North Island, five electorates were newly created (including Far North), five electorates were recreated, and eight electorates were abolished.[1][2]

Polling booths where more than 1,000 votes were cast were located in Kaikohe, Kaitaia, and Kerikeri.[2]


John Carter of the National Party was the electorate's representative during its existence from 1993 to 1996. Carter had previously represented the Bay of Islands electorate since the 1987 election. After the Far North electorate was abolished in 1996, Carter transferred to the new Northland electorate, which he represented until his retirement from parliament in July 2011.[3][4]

Members of Parliament[edit]



Election Winner
1993 election John Carter
(Electorate abolished 1996, see Northland)

Election results[edit]

1993 election[edit]

General election, 1993: Far North[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National John Carter 6,977 39.92
NZ First Maryanne Baker 3,552 20.33
Labour Robert Lowe 3,418 19.56
Alliance J. Field 2,926 16.74
Christian Heritage E. C. Jack 387 2.21
McGillicuddy Serious T. Rowe 163 0.93
Natural Law S. M. Austin 53 0.30
Majority 3,425 19.60
Informal votes 560 3.10
Turnout 18,036 83.26
Registered electors 21,661


  1. ^ a b McRobie, Alan (1989). Electoral Atlas of New Zealand. Wellington: GP Books. pp. 111f. ISBN 0-477-01384-8. 
  2. ^ a b Part 1: Votes recorded at each polling place (Technical report). Chief Electoral Office. 1993. 
  3. ^ "Hon John Carter". New Zealand Parliament. 17 July 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  4. ^ Trevett, Claire (8 June 2011). "MP pleads for laughter and leniency as he goes". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Part 1: Votes recorded at each polling place (Technical report). New Zealand Chief Electoral Office. 1993. pp. 24, 25, 161.