The Waihemo by-election was a by-election in the New Zealand electorate of Waihemo, a rural seat in Otago, in the South Island.
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The by-election was held on 18 July 1900, and was precipitated by the resignation of sitting MP, John McKenzie. The seat was won by fellow Liberal Thomas Mackenzie. Mackenzie was an advocate of the Otago province and campaigned to stop the region's declining situation compared to the rest of New Zealand.His sole opponent was William Guffie, a local councilor from Mount Ida.
Sir John McKenzie was a New Zealand politician. He served as Minister of Lands and Agriculture in the Liberal Government of John Ballance.
Sir Thomas Mackenzie was a Scottish-born New Zealand politician and explorer who briefly served as the 18th Prime Minister of New Zealand in 1912, and later served as New Zealand High Commissioner in London.
The following table gives the election results:
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