Otahuhu (New Zealand electorate)
- 1 Population centres
- 2 History
- 3 Election results
- 4 Notes
- 5 References
The 1931 New Zealand census had been cancelled due to the Great Depression, so the 1937 electoral redistribution had to take ten years of population growth into account. The increasing population imbalance between the North and South Islands had slowed, and only one electorate seat was transferred from south to north. Five electorates were abolished, one former electorate (Onehunga) was re-established, and four electorates were created for the first time, including Otahuhu.
For the purposes of the country quota, the 1936 census had determined that some 30% of the population lived in urban areas, and the balance in rural areas. Since the 1969 election, the number of electorates in the South Island was fixed at 25, with continued faster population growth in the North Island leading to an increase in the number of general electorates. There were 84 electorates for the 1969 election, and the 1972 electoral redistribution saw three additional general seats created for the North Island, bringing the total number of electorates to 87. Together with increased urbanisation in Christchurch and Nelson, the changes proved very disruptive to existing electorates.  In the South Island, three electorates were abolished, and three electorates were newly created. In the North Island, five electorates were abolished, two electorates were recreated (including Otahuhu), and six electorates were newly created.
The first representative, elected in 1938, was Charles Robert Petrie. In the previous parliamentary term, Petrie had represented the Hauraki electorate, which then had covered the South Auckland suburbs. Petrie retired in 1949.
In the 1963 general election the seat was abolished and Bob Tizard stood in Pakuranga, so only represented Otahuhu from 16 March (after a by-election due to the death of James Deas) to 29 October 1963. He later returned to the seat when it was reconstituted. When it was abolished in 1984, he stood in Panmure.
Members of Parliament
|1938 election||Charles Robert Petrie|
|1949 election||Leon Götz|
|1954 election||James Deas|
|1963 by-election||Bob Tizard|
|(Electorate abolished 1963–1972; see Pakuranga)|
|1972 election||Bob Tizard (2nd period)|
|(Electorate abolished in 1984; see Panmure)|
|Social Credit||Ken Harris||3,189||20.33|
|Socialist Unity||Ella Ayo||54||0.34||+0.20|
|National||R P Ah Chee||4,134||26.53|
|Social Credit||Ken Harris||2,288||14.68|
|Values||I M Johnson||236||1.51|
|Socialist Unity||Ella Ayo||23||0.14|
|National||L E Morris||5,053||31.90|
|Social Credit||P S Ford||1,020||6.44|
|Socialist Unity||B Miller||26||0.16|
|Independent||Joseph Erwin Moosman||22||0.13||-0.25|
|National||D C Brooker||3,488||24.10|
|Social Credit||E R James||935||6.46|
|New Democratic||Catherine Mary Langstone||101||0.69|
|Independent||Joseph Erwin Moosman||56||0.38|
|Social Credit||Allan Donovan||622||3.77|
|Social Credit||Frederick Coles Jordan||714||4.72||-0.84|
|National||Leonard George Bradley||6,356||40.38|
|Social Credit||Frederick Coles Jordan||875||5.56|
|Independent||Rita Violet Fulljames||344||2.18|
|Labour||Alexander Boyd Dixon||7,218||45.95|
|Labour||Charles Robert Petrie||6,957||50.81||+3.89|
|Labour||Charles Robert Petrie||6,251||46.92||-11.95|
|Democratic Labour||Clare Jowsey||811||6.08|
|Real Democracy||Cyril James Mahon||345||2.58|
|Labour||Charles Robert Petrie||7,020||58.87|
- McRobie 1989, pp. 87–92.
- McRobie 1989, p. 91.
- McRobie 1989, p. 111.
- McRobie 1989, p. 115.
- McRobie 1989, pp. 112, 116.
- McRobie 1989, pp. 111, 115.
- McRobie 1989, p. 90.
- Wilson 1985, p. 226.
- McRobie 1989, p. 86.
- Norton 1988, p. 301.
- Norton 1988, p. 300.
- "The General Election, 1949". National Library. 1950. pp. 1–5, 8. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
- "The General Election, 1946". National Library. 1947. pp. 1–11, 14. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
- "The General Election, 1943". National Library. 1944. p. 11. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
- "Electoral". The New Zealand Herald. 80 (24713). 13 October 1943. p. 5. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
- "The General Election, 1938". National Library. 1939. pp. 1–6. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
- McRobie, Alan (1989). Electoral Atlas of New Zealand. Wellington: GP Books. ISBN 0-477-01384-8.
- Norton, Clifford (1988). New Zealand parliamentary election results, 1946–1987. Wellington: Victoria University of Wellington Department of Political Science. ISBN 0-475-11200-8.
- Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.