|15th Parliament of New Zealand|
|Legislative body||New Zealand Parliament|
|Term||29 June 1903 – 30 October 1905|
|Election||1902 New Zealand general election|
|House of Representatives|
|Speaker of the House||Arthur Guinness|
|Leader of the Opposition||William Massey|
|Members||46 (at start) |
41 (at end)
|Speaker of the Council|| Charles Bowen |
— Richard Reeves acting 23 March - 30 June 1905
— Alfred Cadman until 23 March 1905 †
— John Rigg acting 5 January - 7 July 1904
— William Walker until 5 January 1904†
— Henry Miller until 9 July 1903
|Monarch||HM Edward VII|
|Governor||HE Rt. Hon. THe Lord Plunket |
— HE Rt. Hon. The Earl of Ranfurly until 20 June 1904
The 15th New Zealand Parliament was a term of the New Zealand Parliament. It was elected at the 1902 general election in November and December of that year.
The Representation Act 1900 had increased the membership of the House of Representatives from general electorates 70 to 76, and this was implemented through the 1902 electoral redistribution. In 1902, changes to the country quota affected the three-member electorates in the four main centres. The tolerance between electorates was increased to ±1,250 so that the Representation Commissions (since 1896, there had been separate commissions for the North and South Islands) could take greater account of communities of interest. These changes proved very disruptive to existing boundaries.Six electorates were established for the first time: Courtenay, Newtown, Grey Lynn , Hurunui, Oroua, and Kaipara. Two electorates that previously existed were re-established: Mount Ida and Hutt.
This boundary redistribution resulted in the abolition of three electorates:
The 1902 general election was held on Tuesday, 25 November in the general electorates and on Monday, 22 December in the Māori electorates, respectively.A total of 80 MPs were elected; 38 represented North Island electorates, 38 represented South Island electorates, and the remaining four represented Māori electorates. 415,789 voters were enrolled and the official turnout at the election was 76.7%.
The 15th Parliament sat for three sessions, and was prorogued on 15 November 1905.
|first||29 June 1903||24 November 1903|
|second||28 June 1904||8 November 1904|
|third||27 June 1905||31 October 1905|
The Liberal Government of New Zealand had taken office on 24 January 1891.The Seddon Ministry under Richard Seddon had taken office in 1893 during the term of the 11th Parliament. The Seddon Ministry remained in power for the whole term of this Parliament and held power until Seddon's death on 10 June 1906.
|Liberal || 47|
|Conservative || 19|
|Independent || 10|
The following are the results of the 1902 general election:
Conservative Independent Liberal Liberal–Labour IndependentLiberal
|Ashburton||John McLachlan||439||John Studholme|
|Auckland, City of||William Joseph Napier||Alfred Kidd||934||William Richardson|
|Joseph Witheford||1,515||William Joseph Napier|
|George Fowlds||Frederick Baume||2,282||Arthur Rosser|
|Avon||William Tanner||58||John Russell Brunt|
|Awarua||Joseph Ward||1,882||David Whyte|
|Bay of Islands||Robert Houston||410||A G C Glass|
|Bay of Plenty||William Herries||626||D Lundon|
|Bruce||James Allen||1,113||J A Scott|
|Buller||James Colvin||2,601||Frank Isitt|
|Caversham||Thomas Sidey||444||William Earnshaw|
|Chalmers||New electorate||Edmund Allen||612||John White|
|Christchurch, City of||George John Smith||Tommy Taylor||899||William Whitehouse Collins|
|Harry Ell||901||George John Smith|
|William Whitehouse Collins||Thomas Davey||2,233||Arthur Hughes Turnbull|
|Clutha||James William Thomson||640||Daniel Stewart|
|Courtenay||New electorate||Charles Lewis||350||John Rennie|
|Dunedin, City of||Alfred Richard Barclay||Harry Bedford||1,321||Alfred Richard Barclay|
|John A. Millar|
|Eden||John Bollard||1,628||P E Cheal|
|Egmont||Walter Symes||William Thomas Jennings||15||Charles Leech|
|Ellesmere||Heaton Rhodes||501||C R Thornton|
|Franklin||William Massey||1,176||Alfred Richard Harris|
|Geraldine||Frederick Flatman||972||William Maslin|
|Grey||Arthur Guinness||2,145||Frank Isitt|
|Grey Lynn||New electorate||George Fowlds||118||T T Masefield|
|Hawera||Felix McGuire||Charles E. Major||21||Felix McGuire|
|Hawke's Bay||William Russell||1,443||Frank Isitt|
|Hurunui||New electorate||Andrew Rutherford||697||Henry Fear Reece|
|Hutt||New electorate||Thomas Wilford||441||Frederick Pirani|
|Invercargill||Josiah Hanan||1,508||David Whyte|
|Kaiapoi||David Buddo||1,256||Alfred Daniel Hassall|
|Kaipara||New electorate||Alfred Harding||359||John Stallworthy|
|Lyttelton||George Laurenson||2,172||William Rollitt|
|Manawatu||John Stevens||Job Vile||176||John Stevens|
|Manukau||Sir Maurice O'Rorke||Matthew Kirkbride||227||Sir Maurice O'Rorke|
|Marsden||Robert Thompson||Francis Mander||58||Robert Thompson|
|Masterton||Alexander Hogg||948||J C Cooper|
|Mataura||Robert McNab||438||J W Raymond|
|Motueka||Roderick McKenzie||1,838||Frank Isitt|
|Mount Ida||New electorate||Alexander Herdman||131||John Ewing|
|Napier||Alfred Fraser||1,490||Richard Joseph Eames|
|Nelson||John Graham||14||Harry Atmore|
|Newtown||New electorate||William Henry Peter Barber||28||Thomas Hislop|
|Oamaru||Thomas Young Duncan||880||John Marshall Brown|
|Ohinemuri||Jackson Palmer||Edward George Britton Moss||186||Jackson Palmer|
|Oroua||New electorate||Frank Lethbridge||613||Arthur Henry Tompkins|
|Otaki||William Hughes Field||1,510||Frank Isitt|
|Pahiatua||John O'Meara||337||Samuel Bolton|
|Palmerston||Frederick Pirani||William Thomas Wood||384||T R Hodder|
|Parnell||Frank Lawry||124||John Shera|
|Patea||Frederick Haselden||Walter Symes||451||Frederick Haselden|
|Rangitikei||Frank Lethbridge||Arthur Remington||247||W J Birch|
|Riccarton||George Warren Russell||George Witty||285||George Warren Russell|
|Selwyn||Charles Hardy||543||Joseph Ivess|
|Taieri||Walter Carncross||Donald Reid||354||J J Ramsay|
|Taranaki||Edward Smith||314||Henry Okey|
|Thames||James McGowan||885||William Henry Lucas|
|Timaru||William Hall-Jones||1,651||F H Smith|
|Tuapeka||James Bennet||66||Robert Gilkison|
|Waipawa||Charles Hall||1,568||James Taylor|
|Waikato||Frederic Lang||225||Henry Greenslade|
|Waikouaiti||Edmund Allen||Thomas Mackenzie||1,846||Frank Isitt|
|Wairarapa||J. T. Marryat Hornsby||Walter Clarke Buchanan||66||J. T. Marryat Hornsby|
|Wairau||Charles H. Mills||411||John Duncan|
|Waitaki||William Steward||592||John Campbell|
|Waitemata||Richard Monk||Ewen Alison||714||Alexander John Hatfield|
|Waiapu||James Carroll||1,670||Frank Isitt|
|Wakatipu||William Fraser||449||Robert Beatson Ross|
|Wallace||Michael Gilfedder||John Thomson||793||Michael Gilfedder|
|Wanganui||Archibald Willis||1,438||J W Baker|
|Wellington, City of||John Hutcheson||John Aitken||380||Patrick O'Regan|
|Arthur Atkinson||John Duthie||591||Arthur Atkinson|
|George Fisher||1,921||John Findlay|
|Westland||Richard Seddon||2,696||Frank Isitt|
|Eastern Maori||Wi Pere||614||Pirimi Mataiawhea|
|Northern Maori||Hone Heke||1,546||Hāmiora Mangakāhia|
|Southern Maori||Tame Parata||80||Hone Taare Tikao|
|Western Maori||Henare Kaihau||2,370||Ngarangi Katitia|
There were a number of changes during the term of the 15th Parliament.
|Electorate and by-election||Date||Incumbent||Cause||Winner|
|Pahiatua||1904||28 July||John O'Meara||Death||Bill Hawkins|
|City of Wellington||1905||6 April||George Fisher||Death||Francis Fisher|
|Alfred Harding||1905||Kaipara||Conservative||New Liberal|
|Francis Fisher||1905||City of Wellington||Independent Liberal|
|Harry Bedford||1905||City of Dunedin||Independent Liberal|
|Tommy Taylor||1905||City of Christchurch|
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