Motueka and Massacre Bay by-election, 1856

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The Motueka and Massacre Bay by-election 1856 was a by-election held in the Motueka and Massacre Bay electorate during the 2nd New Zealand Parliament, on 19 May 1856.

The by-election was caused by the resignation of incumbent MP Charles Parker and was won unopposed by Herbert Curtis. It is widely believed his electoral capitulation was related to the health of his eldest daughter. He was re-elected to parliament representing Motueka and murderers bay.[1][2]


  1. ^ Te ara NZ encyclopedia
  2. ^ "Local Intelligence". Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle. 21 May 1856. p. 2. Retrieved 1 May 2013.