Te Aro (New Zealand electorate)
Te Aro was a parliamentary electorate in Wellington, New Zealand from 1881 to 1890. It covered the southern area of the central business district. During the three parliamentary terms of its existence, the electorate was represented by three Members of Parliament.
The previous electoral redistribution was undertaken in 1875 for the 1875–76 election. In the six years since, New Zealand's European population had increased by 65%. In the 1881 electoral redistribution, the House of Representatives increased the number of European representatives to 91 (up from 84 since the 1875–76 election). The number of Māori electorates was held at four. The House further decided that electorates should not have more than one representative, which led to 35 new electorates being formed, including Te Aro, and two electorates that had previously been abolished to be recreated. This necessitated a major disruption to existing boundaries.
The electorate was based on the inner suburb of Te Aro, which is located in the southern end of the central business district. In the 1887 electoral redistribution, the Te Aro electorate lost much of its southern area to the newly formed Wellington East electorate. In the 1890 electoral redistribution, the Te Aro electorate was abolished, and the area became part of the three-member City of Wellington electorate.
The Te Aro electorate was represented by three Members of Parliament:
- Charles John Johnston from 1881 to 1887 (resigned)
- Francis Humphris Fraser in 1887 (defeated)
- Andrew Agnew Stuart Menteath from 1887 to 1890 (retired)
Members of Parliament
Unless otherwise stated, all MPs terms began and ended at a general election.
|1881 election||Charles Johnston|
|1887 by-election||Francis Fraser|
|1887 election||Andrew Menteath|
|(Electorate abolished in 1890; see City of Wellington)|
|Independent||J H Shaw||71||7.79|