New Zealand general election, 1919
All 80 seats in the New Zealand House of Representatives
41 seats were needed for a majority
The New Zealand general election of 1919 was held on Tuesday, 16 December in the Māori electorates, and on Wednesday, 17 December in the general electorates to elect a total of 80 MPs to the 20th session of the New Zealand Parliament. A total number of 560,673 (80.5%) voters turned out to vote.
In 1919 women won the right to be elected to the House of Representatives. The law was changed late in 1919, and with only three weeks notice, three women stood for Parliament in 1919.
They were Ellen Melville in Grey Lynn, Rosetta Baume in Parnell, and Aileen Cooke in Thames. Ellen Melville stood for the Reform Party and came second. She stood for Parliament several more times, but while generally polling well she never won a seat.
|Party||Candidates||Total votes||Percentage||Seats won|
|Liberal Party[nb 1]||66||166,675||30.14||19|
|Total valid votes||552,971||80|
- Includes one MP returned unopposed, and one Independent Liberal
- Includes ex-members of the three main parties as well as long-standing Independents
The table below shows the results of the 1919 general election:
|Independent Liberal||Independent Labour||Independent|
Summary of changes
A boundary redistribution resulted in the abolition of four electorates:
- Grey, held by Harry Holland
- Otago Central, held by Robert Scott
- Selwyn, held by William Dickie
- Taumarunui, held by William Thomas Jennings
- Wellington Suburbs and Country, held by Robert Alexander Wright
- Manawatu, previously abolished in 1911
- Roskill, first created through the 1918 electoral redistribution
- Rotorua, first created through the 1918 electoral redistribution
- Waitomo, first created through the 1918 electoral redistribution
- Wellington Suburbs, previously abolished in 1911
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