Onslow (New Zealand electorate)

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Onslow was a New Zealand parliamentary electorate, from 1946 to 1963, and then from 1993 to 1996 in the Wellington area. It was represented by three Members of Parliament.

Population centres[edit]

The 1941 census had been postponed due to World War II, so the 1946 electoral redistribution had to take ten years of population growth and movements into account. The North Island gained a further two electorates from the South Island due to faster population growth. The abolition of the country quota through the Electoral Amendment Act, 1945 reduced the number and increased the size of rural electorates. None of the existing electorates remained unchanged, 27 electorates were abolished, eight former electorates were re-established, and 19 electorates were created for the first time, including Onslow.[1]

The electorate covered the northern suburbs of the city of Wellington, i.e. Ngaio, Khandallah and Johnsonville. The name Onslow comes from the former Onslow Borough, which covered the Khandallah and Ngaio areas, until the borough joined Wellington City Council in 1919.


The electorate was established for the 1946 election.

The unsuccessful National candidate in 1954 was Wilfred Fortune, who had represented Eden in Auckland from 1946 to 1954.

The electorate lasted until the 1963 election, when the Karori electorate was established.

The electorate was re-established in the 1993 election to replace Ohariu. Peter Dunne, who had previously represented the Ohariu electorate, was the successful candidate.[2] For the first MMP election, the 1996 election, it was renamed back to Ohariu-Belmont, and included Belmont in the Hutt Valley.

Members of Parliament[edit]

The Onslow electorate was represented by three Members of Parliament.[3]


 Labour    Independent    Future    United NZ  

Elections Winner
1946 election Harry Combs
1949 election
1951 election
1954 by-election Henry May
1954 election
1957 election
1960 election
(Electorate abolished 1963–1993)
1993 election Peter Dunne

Election results[edit]

1993 election[edit]

General election, 1993: Onslow[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Peter Dunne 9,096 41.6
National George Mathew 8,031 36.7
Alliance Phillida Bunkle 3,077 14.0
NZ First E Burgess 682 3.1
Christian Heritage C Byford 457 2.0
Independent S B Lysaght 296 1.3
McGillicuddy Serious T Barker 130 0.5
Natural Law Mary-Anne McGregor 62 0.2
Independent K L Stewart 24 0.1
Majority 1,065 4.8
Turnout 21,855


  1. ^ McRobie 1989, pp. 91–96.
  2. ^ Rutherford, Hamish; Pryor, Nicole (8 June 2013). "Peter Dunne: Out in the cold". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 269.
  4. ^ Part 1: Votes recorded at each polling place (Technical report). New Zealand Chief Electoral Office. 1993. pp. 12, 161. 


  • McRobie, Alan (1989). Electoral Atlas of New Zealand. Wellington: GP Books. ISBN 0-477-01384-8. 
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.