Taieri (New Zealand electorate)

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Taieri is a former parliamentary electorate in the Otago region of New Zealand, from 1866 to 1911.

Population centres[edit]

In the 1865 electoral redistribution, the House of Representatives focussed its review of electorates to South Island electorates only, as the Central Otago Gold Rush had caused significant population growth, and a redistribution of the existing population. Fifteen additional South Island electorates were created, including Taieri, and the number of Members of Parliament was increased by 13 to 70.[1]

This electorate was based on the town of Mosgiel.[2]

History[edit]

The Taieri electorate was first established for the 1866 general election for the 4th New Zealand Parliament.

Donald Reid was the first representative.[3] He resigned in 1869 and was succeeded by Henry Howorth. Reid was re-elected at the 1871 general election, and elected unopposed in the 1875 general election that was held on 29 December.[4] Reid resigned once again in 1878,[5] and was succeeded by William Cutten. Reid's son, also called Donald Reid, represented the electorate 1902–08.[6]

All other members retired at the end of their representation. When the electorate was abolished in 1911, Thomas Mackenzie stood successfully for Egmont.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Taieri was represented by seven Members of Parliament:[7]

Key

 Independent    Liberal    Conservative  

Election Winner
1866 election Donald Reid Sr
1869 by-election Henry Howorth
1871 election Donald Reid Sr
1875 election
1878 by-election William Cutten
1879 election James Fulton
1881 election
1884 election
1887 election
1890 election Walter Carncross
1893 election
1896 election
1899 election
1902 election Donald Reid Jr
1905 election
1908 election Thomas Mackenzie
(Electorate abolished 1911)

Election results[edit]

1899 election[edit]

General election, 1899: Taieri[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Walter Carncross 1,927 56.78 -2.17
Conservative Alexander Campbell Begg[9] 1,467 43.22
Majority 460 13.55 -4.34
Turnout 3,394 75.07 +1.22
Registered electors 4,521

1890 election[edit]

General election, 1890: Taieri[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Walter Carncross 548 38.87
Independent William Snow 424 30.07
Independent William Barron 320 22.70
Independent Arthur John Burns 118 8.37
Majority 124 8.79
Turnout 1,410 69.73
Registered electors 2,022

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ McRobie 1989, p. 36.
  2. ^ McRobie 1989, p. 37.
  3. ^ "The New Parliament". North Otago Times. VI (113). 19 April 1866. p. 1. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "The Taieri Election". Otago Witness (1257). 1 January 1876. p. 9. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  5. ^ Angus, John H. (22 June 2007). "Reid, Donald 1833 - 1919". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  6. ^ Cyclopedia Company Limited (1905). "Barristers And Solicitors". The Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Otago & Southland Provincial Districts. Christchurch. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  7. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. 
  8. ^ "The General Election, 1899". Wellington: Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives. 19 June 1900. p. 2. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  9. ^ Scholefield 1940, p. 55.
  10. ^ "The General Election, 1890". National Library. 1891. p. 2. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 

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