Otago Central or Central Otago was a parliamentary electorate in the Otago region of New Zealand, from 1911 to 1919 as Otago Central; from 1928 to 1957 as Central Otago; and from 1957 to 1978 as Otago Central. It was replaced by the Otago electorate. The electorate was represented by six Members of Parliament.
In the 1911 electoral redistribution, the North Island gained a further seat from the South Island due to faster population growth. In addition, there were substantial population movements within each island, and significant changes resulted from this. Only four electorates were unaltered, five electorates were abolished, one former electorate was re-established, and four electorates, including Otago Central, were created for the first time. The Otago Central electorate mostly covered areas that previously belonged to the Tuapeka and Taieri electorates, which were both abolished through the 1911 electoral redistribution. Settlements that fell within the original Otago Central electorate included Roxburgh, Alexandra, and Ranfurly.
In the 1918 electoral redistribution, the Otago Central electorate was abolished. Most of its area went to an enlarged Wakatipu electorate, but smaller areas went to the Clutha, Bruce, and Waitaki electorates.
In the 1927 electoral redistribution, the North Island gained a further electorate from the South Island due to faster population growth. Five electorates were abolished, two former electorates, including Central Otago, were re-established, and three electorates were created for the first time.
Members of Parliament
The Otago Central electorate was represented by six Members of Parliament:
|1911 election||Robert Scott|
|Abolished 1919, re-established as Central Otago 1928|
|1928 election||William Bodkin|
|1954 election||John George|
|Renamed as Otago Central 1957|
|1957 election||John George
|1969 election||Murray Rose|
|1972 election||Ian Quigley|
|1975 election||Warren Cooper|