Mount Herbert (New Zealand electorate)

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Mount Herbert was a former parliamentary electorate in the Canterbury region of New Zealand, from 1866 to 1870.

Population centres[edit]

In the 1865 electoral redistribution, the House of Representatives focussed its review of electorates to South Island electorates only, as the Central Otago Gold Rush had caused significant population growth, and a redistribution of the existing population. Fifteen additional South Island electorates were created, including Mount Herbert, and the number of Members of Parliament was increased by 13 to 70.[1] The electorate is named after the highest peak on Banks Peninsula.

The 1870 electoral redistribution was undertaken by a parliamentary select committee based on population data from the 1967 census. Eight sub-committees were formed, with two members each making decisions for their own province; thus members set their own electorate boundaries. The number of electorates was increased from 61 to 72, and Mount Herbert was abolished in the process, with the vast majority of its area taken up by an enlarged Akaroa electorate.[2]


The electorate was first formed for the 1866 election, mostly replacing the Ellesmere electorate, but also gaining some area from the Akaroa electorate.[3] The general election was held on 22 February 1866, and William Sefton Moorhouse was returned unopposed.[4][5]

Moorhouse also stood in the Westland electorate and was returned 16 March 1866 in favour of William Shaw.[4][6]

Moorhouse chose to represent Westland.[7] A by-election was held on 27 July 1866 and Thomas Potts was returned unopposed.[8][9]


Election Winner
1866 election William Moorhouse
1866 by-election Thomas Potts


  1. ^ McRobie 1989, p. 36.
  2. ^ McRobie 1989, pp. 37–41.
  3. ^ McRobie 1989, pp. 35, 37.
  4. ^ a b Scholefield 1950, p. 127.
  5. ^ "Election Intelligence". Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle. XXV (26). 1 March 1866. p. 3. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "Representation of Westland". West Coast Times (158). 21 March 1866. p. 3. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  7. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 267.
  8. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 133.
  9. ^ "News of the Day". Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle. XXV (97). 7 August 1866. p. 2. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 


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  • Scholefield, Guy (1950) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer. 
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.