Tauranga by-election, 1993

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Tauranga by-election, 1993
New Zealand
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Turnout 12,631
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Candidate Winston Peters Greg Pittams
Party Independent McGillicuddy Serious
Popular vote 11,458 271
Percentage 90.71 2.15

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Tauranga in relation to New Zealand

Member before election

Winston Peters
National

Elected Member

Winston Peters
Independent

The Tauranga by-election was a by-election in the New Zealand electorate of Tauranga, a city in New Zealand's North Island. It took place on 17 April 1993, and was precipitated by the resignation from parliament of sitting MP Winston Peters. Peters, who had been increasingly at odds with his National Party colleagues, had resigned both from his party and from Parliament. He contested the seat as an independent.[1]

None of the major parties contested this election, claiming the upcoming general election was close enough to make the by-election nothing but a publicity stunt. The National Party did not propose a candidate to replace Peters. As expected, Peters won a massive majority, receiving just over ninety percent of the vote. While Peters' grip on Tauranga was so secure at the time that no one believed he would lose, there was some question about what his margin would have been had the other parties challenged him. The distant runner-up in the election was a member of the McGillicuddy Serious Party, a joke party.

Results[edit]

The following table gives the election results:

Tauranga by-election, 1993[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Winston Peters 11,458 90.71
McGillicuddy Serious Greg Pittams 271 2.15
Independent Peter Wakeman 190 1.50
HFA G J Barham 185 1.46
Silent Majority P R Watson 184 1.46
Independent I M Baikie 109 0.86
Natural Law L Lee 101 0.80
HEMP A G Bedford 55 0.44
Blokes' Liberation Front R S Tengblad 29 0.23
Aotearoa Partnership R A Campbell 25 0.20
Christ's Ambassadors Union Victor Bryers 24 0.19
Majority 11,187 88.57
Informal votes 449 3.43
Turnout 13,080 49.08
Registered electors 26,651

References[edit]

  1. ^ Levy, Danya (28 November 2011). "Winston Peters aims to lead the opposition". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Election results 1993, pp. 175f.