Westland South

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Westland South was a parliamentary electorate on the West Coast of New Zealand from 1868 to 1870.

History[edit]

The Westland Representation Act 1867 introduced changes to the Waimea and Westland electorates. Their areas were reassigned and four electorates formed. Waimea lost some area, but continued to exist. Westland was abolished in 1867. A new electorate (Westland Boroughs) was established, and the Act stipulated that the sitting member (William Sefton Moorhouse) was transferred to it. Other new electorates, for which by-elections were to be held, were Westland North and Westland South.[1][2]

Edmund Barff was elected in 1868. He served until the end of the parliamentary term in 1870, and the electorate was abolished.[3] In 1871, Barff was defeated for Hokitika by John White.[4]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Westland North was represented by one Member of Parliament:[5]

Election Winner
1868 supplementary election Edmund Barff (Independent)

Election results[edit]

1868 supplementary election[edit]

Westland South election, 1868[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Edmund Barff 355 51.7
Independent Charles Button 332 48.3
Turnout 687
Majority 23

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Westland Representation Act 1867 (31 Victoriae 1867 No 48)". Parliamentary Counsel Office. Retrieved 24 December 2010. 
  2. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 127.
  3. ^ Scholefield 1950, pp. 94, 167.
  4. ^ "Hokitika". Evening Post. VI (293). 26 January 1871. p. 2. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  5. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 167.
  6. ^ "Local and General News". Wellington Independent. XXII (2657). 4 April 1868. p. 4. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "(Westland South results)". West Coast Times (828). 19 May 1868. p. 2. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 

References[edit]

  • Scholefield, Guy (1950) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer.