Horace Herring

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Not to be confused with Hank Herring.
Horace Herring in 1935

Horace Edgar Herring (1884–1962) was a New Zealand Member of Parliament for Mid-Canterbury. Born in England and a mechanical engineer and draughtsman, he came to New Zealand in 1909.

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1935–1938 25th Mid-Canterbury Labour

Horace Herring represented the Mid-Canterbury electorate for the Labour Party between 1935 and 1938.[1][2]

He was a supporter of John A. Lee and stood as a Democratic Labour Party candidate at the 1943 by-election, which was won by Mabel Howard. Horace Herring received a very creditable 2,578 votes; 26.7% of the total cast.[3][4] Labour MP Ormond Wilson, described Herring as "a character only Dickens could have invented".[5] (See also a description of his Maiden Speech in Parliament.[6])

Herring was awarded the Coronation Medal in 1937 for services to New Zealand.

He was Mayor of Levin from 1953 to 1956.


  1. ^ Wood 1996, p. 92.
  2. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 205.
  3. ^ Taylor 1970, p. 165.
  4. ^ "By-election Totals". Evening Post, Volume CXXXV, Issue 40. 17 February 1943. p. 6. Retrieved 5 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Wilson 1982, p. 72.
  6. ^ Logan 2008, p. 50.


  • Gustafson, Barry (1986). From the Cradle to the Grave: A biography of Michael Joseph Savage. Auckland, New Zealand: Reed Methuen. p. 282. ISBN 0-474-00138-5. 
  • The Expulsion of John A. Lee and its Effects on the Development of the Labour Party by B.S. Taylor (1970, MA Thesis-University of Canterbury, Christchurch)
  • An Outsider Looks Back by Ormond Wilson (1982, Port Nicholson Press, 1982)
  • Nordy, Arnold Nordmeyer: A Political Biography by Mary Logan (2008, Steele Roberts, Wellington)
  • The New Zealand Parliamentary Record: 1840-1984 by J.O. Wilson (1985, Government Printer, Wellington)
  • Ministers and Members in the New Zealand Parliament Edited by G.A. Wood (1996, Otago University Press, Dunedin)
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Jeremiah Connolly
Member of Parliament for Mid-Canterbury
Succeeded by
Arthur Grigg