Thomas Tanner (politician)

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New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1887–1890 10th Waipawa Independent

Thomas Tanner (1830 – 22 July 1918) was a 19th-century Member of Parliament in New Zealand.

Born in Wiltshire, England, in 1830, Tanner arrived in New Zealand in 1850, and took up a large farm in Hawke's Bay in 1853.[1]

Tanner was a member of the Hawke's Bay Provincial Council from 1867 to 1875.[2] He represented the Hawkes Bay electorate of Waipawa from 1887 to 1890, when he retired and William Cowper Smith was re-elected to the seat; Smith had held Waipawa until 1887, when he was elected for the new electorate of Woodville (which only existed from 1887 to 1890).[3] He contested the 1893 election in the Hawke's Bay electorate and of the three candidates, he came last.[4]

He died at Havelock North on 22 July 1918.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Passing of a pioneer". Hastings Standard. 22 July 1918. p. 3. Retrieved 17 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Scholefield, Guy, ed. (1940). A Dictionary of New Zealand Biography : M–Addenda (PDF). II. Wellington: Department of Internal Affairs. pp. 363f. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  3. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 238. OCLC 154283103. 
  4. ^ "The General Election, 1893". National Library. 1894. p. 1. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
William Cowper Smith
Member of Parliament for Waipawa
Succeeded by
William Cowper Smith