All 74 seats in the New Zealand House of Representatives
38 seats were needed for a majority
The New Zealand general election of 1899 was held on 6 and 19 December in the European and Māori electorates, respectively, to elect 74 MPs to the 14th session of the New Zealand Parliament. The election was again won by the Liberal Party, and Richard Seddon remained Prime Minister.
The last electoral redistribution was undertaken in 1896 for the 1896 election, and the same electorates were used again.34 seats were located in the North Island, 36 were in the South Island, and the remaining four were Māori electorates. Since the 1890 electoral redistribution, the four main centres had electorates with three seats each.
The 1899 election was held on Wednesday, 6 December in the general electorates, and on Tuesday, 19 December in the Māori electorates to elect a total of 74 MPs to the 14th Parliament.A total number of 373,744 (77.6%) voters turned out to vote. In three electorates there was only one candidate, and they were thus returned unopposed. Two of those were Liberal candidates: Richard Seddon in the Westland electorate, and John McKenzie in the Waihemo electorate. The third was an opposition representative, William Russell, who stood in the Hawke's Bay electorate.
Two candidates died during the election campaign. A third, Henry Augustus Field, died two days after having been re-elected in the Otaki electorate.
The following table gives party strengths and vote distribution according to Wilson (1985), who records Maori representatives as Independents prior to the 1905 election.
|Party||Candidates||Total votes||Percentage||Seats won||Change|
Seventy-four MPs were elected across sixty-two single-member, and four three-member electorates. The table below show the results of the 1899 general election:
Liberal Conservative Independent Liberal Liberal–Labour Independent
|Ashburton||Edward George Wright||John McLachlan||802||Charles John Harper|
|Ashley||Richard Meredith||751||Thomas Caverhill|
|Auckland, City of||Thomas Thompson||William Joseph Napier||1,440||James Job Holland|
|James Job Holland||William Crowther||938|
|William Crowther||George Fowlds||94|
|Avon||William Tanner||148||Arthur Rhodes|
|Awarua||Joseph Ward||1,732||W. T. Murray|
|Bay of Islands||Robert Houston||67||Norman Alexander McLeod|
|Bay of Plenty||William Herries||132||David Lundon|
|Bruce||James Allen||364||Crawford Anderson|
|Buller||Patrick O'Regan||James Colvin||552||Patrick O'Regan|
|Caversham||Arthur Morrison||1,108||William Henry Warren|
|Christchurch, City of||Charles Lewis||William Whitehouse Collins||1,760||Tommy Taylor|
|George Smith||Charles Lewis||418|
|Tommy Taylor||Harry Ell||221|
|Clutha||James William Thomson||497||Finlay McLeod|
|Dunedin, City of||Alexander Sligo||John A. Millar||2,319||Scobie Mackenzie|
|John A. Millar||James Arnold||1,564|
|Scobie Mackenzie||Alfred Richard Barclay||637|
|Eden||John Bollard||4||Malcolm Niccol|
|Egmont||Walter Symes||268||William Monkhouse|
|Ellesmere||William Montgomery||Heaton Rhodes||104||William Montgomery|
|Franklin||William Massey||1,180||W Findlay Wilson|
|Geraldine||Frederick Flatman||1,556||Charles Nicholson McIntosh|
|Grey||Arthur Guinness||786||Michael Hannan|
|Hawera||Felix McGuire||55||Charles E. Major|
|Hawke's Bay||William Russell||Uncontested|
|Invercargill||James Kelly||Josiah Hanan||4,640||James Kelly|
|Kaiapoi||Richard Moore||David Buddo||481||Richard Moore|
|Lyttelton||John Joyce||George Laurenson||1,813||William Jacques|
|Manawatu||John Stevens||148||Robert Bruce|
|Manukau||Maurice O'Rorke||1,031||John Edward Taylor|
|Marsden||Robert Thompson||1,314||George Alderton|
|Masterton||Alexander Hogg||1,191||Charles Cockburn-Hood|
|Mataura||Robert McNab||159||Irven Willis Raymond|
|Motueka||Roderick McKenzie||1,066||Walter Moffatt|
|Napier||Douglas Maclean||Alfred Fraser||38||Douglas Maclean|
|City of Nelson||John Graham||581||Richmond Hursthouse|
|Oamaru||Thomas Duncan||1,254||John Andrew MacPherson|
|Ohinemuri||Alfred Cadman||Jackson Palmer||295||Edward Moss|
|Otaki||Henry Field||305||Charles Morison|
|Pahiatua||John O'Meara||369||Harold Smith|
|Palmerston||Frederick Pirani||515||William Wood|
|Parnell||Frank Lawry||840||Hugh Campbell|
|Patea||George Hutchison||129||Arthur Remington|
|Rangitikei||Frank Lethbridge||532||James Jervis Bagnall|
|Riccarton||William Rolleston||George Russell||1||William Rolleston|
|Selwyn||Cathcart Wason||Charles Hardy||140||John Rennie|
|Taieri||Walter Carncross||460||Alexander Campbell Begg|
|Taranaki||Henry Brown||Edward Smith||127||Henry Brown|
|Thames||James McGowan||1,184||Henry Greenslade|
|Timaru||William Hall-Jones||2,275||James Stephen Keith|
|Tuapeka||Charles Rawlins||James Bennet||386||Charles Rawlins|
|Waiapu||James Carroll||1,329||Cecil Fitzroy|
|Waikato||Frederic Lang||322||John Hosking|
|Waikouaiti||Edmund Allen||332||John White|
|Waipawa||George Hunter||Charles Hall||557||George Hunter|
|Wairarapa||Walter Clarke Buchanan||J. T. Marryat Hornsby||156||Walter Clarke Buchanan|
|Wairau||Charles Mills||1,373||Walter Clifford|
|Waitaki||William Steward||1,427||John Campbell|
|Waitemata||Richard Monk||450||Charles Newman|
|Wakatipu||William Fraser||169||James Kelly|
|Wallace||Michael Gilfedder||219||Allen Carmichael|
|Wanganui||Gilbert Carson||Archibald Willis||709||Gilbert Carson|
|Wellington, City of||John Hutcheson||1,116||Kennedy Macdonald|
|Robert Stout||Arthur Atkinson||383|
|Suburbs of Wellington||Charles Wilson||Thomas Wilford||536||Alfred Newman|
|Eastern Maori||Wi Pere||907||Mohi Te Atahikoia|
|Northern Maori||Hone Heke||1,086||Eparaima Te Mutu Kapa|
|Southern Maori||Tame Parata||168||Taituha Hape|
|Western Maori||Henare Kaihau||1,812||Tureiti Te Heuheu Tukino V|
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