Wakatipu (New Zealand electorate)

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Wakatipu was a parliamentary electorate in the Otago region of New Zealand, from 1871 to 1928.

Population centres[edit]

The electorate was located in Otago and centred on Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown.

History[edit]

The Wakatipu electorate was formed for the 1871 election,[1] which was won by Charles Haughton, who resigned late in December of that year.[2] The resulting 1872 by-election was won by Bendix Hallenstein, who resigned again in 1873.[3] Vincent Pyke won the 1873 by-election. He served until the end of the parliamentary term and successfully contested the 1875 election in the Dunstan electorate.[4]

Pyke was succeeded by Henry Manders in the 1876 election. At the next election in 1879, Manders was defeated by Hugh Finn, who in turn retired in 1881.[5]

Finn was succeeded by Thomas Fergus, who served the electorate for four parliamentary terms from 1881 to 1893, when he retired.[6] The 1893 election was won by William Fraser, who represented the electorate until his retirement in 1919, after which he was appointed to the Legislative Council. Fraser joined the Reform Party when it formed in 1909.[7]

Fraser was succeeded by James Horn representing the Liberal Party from 1919 election to 1928, when the electorate was abolished.[8]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Key

 Independent    Conservative    Reform    Liberal  

Election Winner
1871 election Charles Haughton
1872 by-election Bendix Hallenstein
1873 by-election Vincent Pyke
1876 election Henry Manders
1879 election Hugh Finn
1881 election Thomas Fergus
1884 election
1887 election
1890 election
1893 election William Fraser
1896 election
1899 election
1902 election
1905 election
1908 election
1911 election
1914 election
1919 election James Horn
1922 election
1925 election
(Electorate abolished 1928)

Election results[edit]

1899 election[edit]

General election, 1899: Wakatipu[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Fraser 1,895 52.33
Liberal James Kelly[nb 1] 1,726 47.67
Majority 169 4.67
Turnout 3,621 75.99
Registered electors 4,765

Table footnotes:

  1. ^ Not to be confused with James Whyte Kelly, who was defeated in the 1899 election in the Invercargill electorate

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 166.
  2. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 112.
  3. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 111.
  4. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 133.
  5. ^ Wilson 1985, pp. 196, 218.
  6. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 195.
  7. ^ Wilson 1985, pp. 153, 198.
  8. ^ Wilson 1985, pp. 115, 166.
  9. ^ "The General Election, 1899". Wellington: Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives. 19 June 1900. p. 3. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Electors of Wakatipu". Mataura Ensign (673). 12 December 1899. p. 3. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 

References[edit]

  • Scholefield, Guy (1950) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer. 
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.