Porirua (New Zealand electorate)

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Porirua electorate boundaries between 1993 and 1996.

Porirua was a New Zealand parliamentary electorate in the North Island. It existed during two periods; from 1860 to 1870, and then from 1963 to 1996.

Population centres[edit]

This electorate is based on Porirua City, north of Wellington.


The electorate was first created in 1860 for the term of the 3rd New Zealand Parliament. It existed until the end of the 4th Parliament in 1870.[1] Alfred Brandon was the representative during that period.[2]

The electorate was recreated in 1963 for the 34th Parliament.[1] In 1996 with MMP, the electorate was replaced by the new Mana electorate. The holder of Porirua, Graham Kelly chose to become a list MP.

From 1963 to 1996, the electorate was held by three Labour Party representatives: Henry May,[3] Gerard Wall, and Graham Kelly.

Election results[edit]


 Independent    Labour  

Election Winner
1860 election Alfred Brandon
1866 election
(electorate abolished, 1870–1963)
1963 election Henry May
1966 election
1969 election Gerard Wall
1972 election
1975 election
1978 election
1981 election
1984 election
1987 election Graham Kelly
1993 election
(Electorate abolished in 1996; see Mana)


  1. ^ a b Wilson 1985, p. 270.
  2. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 185.
  3. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 219.


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