1935 New Zealand general election

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1935 New Zealand general election
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  1931 26 (Māori) & 27 November (general) 1935 1938  

All 80 seats in the New Zealand Parliament
41 seats were needed for a majority
 First partySecond party
  Michael Joseph Savage Portrait.jpg George William Forbes.jpg
Leader Michael Joseph Savage George Forbes
Party Labour United/Reform
Leader since 12 October 1933 18 September 1931
Leader's seat Auckland West Hurunui
Last election24 seats, 34.27%47 seats, 54.03%
Seats after5316
Seat changeIncrease2.svg 29Decrease2.svg 31
Popular vote389,911285,422
Percentage45.73%33.48%
SwingIncrease2.svg 11.46%Decrease2.svg 20.55%

 Third partyFourth party
  Harold Montague Rushworth (1940).jpg Eruera Tirikatene.jpg
Leader Harold Rushworth Eruera Tirikatene
Party Country Party Ratana
Leader sinceNovember 19283 August 1932
Leader's seat Bay of Islands Southern Maori
Last election1 seat, 2.3%0 seats, 1.00%
Seats after22
Seat changeIncrease2.svg 1Increase2.svg 2
Popular vote11,8096,249
Percentage1.67%0.73%
SwingDecrease2.svg 0.67%Decrease2.svg 0.27%

1935 New Zealand general election - Results.svg
Results of the election.

Prime Minister before election

George Forbes
United/Reform

Subsequent Prime Minister

Michael Joseph Savage
Labour

The 1935 New Zealand general election was a nationwide vote to determine the shape of the New Zealand Parliament's 25th term. It resulted in the Labour Party's first electoral victory, with Michael Joseph Savage becoming the first Labour Prime Minister after defeating the governing coalition, consisting of the United Party and the Reform Party, in a landslide.

Contents

The governing coalition lost 31 seats, which was attributed by many to their handling of the Great Depression: the year after the election, the United and Reform parties merged to form the modern National Party.

The election was originally scheduled to be held in 1934, in keeping with the country's three-year election cycle, but the governing coalition postponed the election by one year hoping that the economic conditions would improve by 1935. [1]

Background

Since 1931, New Zealand had been governed by a coalition of the United Party and the Reform Party, the United–Reform Coalition. United and Reform had traditionally been enemies – United was a revival of the old Liberal Party, a progressive party with a strong urban base, while Reform was a conservative party with a strong rural base. When the 1928 elections left United and Reform with an equal number of seats, United managed to obtain support from the growing Labour Party, but in 1931, the worsening depression prompted a dispute over economic policy, and Labour withdrew its backing. Reform then agreed to go into coalition with United, fearing that an election would lead to significant gains for the "socialistic" Labour. The coalition held on to power in the 1931 elections, but the ongoing economic troubles made the government deeply unpopular, and by the time of the 1935 elections, Labour's support was soaring.

On Sunday 24 November, shortly before the election, an address by Colin Scrimgeour ("Uncle Scrim") on the Friendly Road radio station, which was expected to urge listeners to vote Labour, was jammed by the Post Office.

Campaign

The Dominion , a Wellington newspaper, printed anti-Labour advertisements and editorials. [2]

The election

The number of electorates being contested was 80, a number which had been fixed since the 1902 Electoral Redistribution. [3] [4]

Four of those were Māori electorates, and those elections were held on 26 November. [5] 19 candidates contested the four available positions, and in three out of four cases, the incumbents were returned. [6] [7]

The election in the European electorates was held on the following day, a Wednesday. [5] A total of 246 candidates contested the 76 European electorates, between two and six per electorate (Wellington East had six candidates, and there was a contest in all electorates), i.e. an average of 3.2 candidates per electorate. [8] 919,798 people were registered to vote in European electorates (enrolment data for Māori electorates are only available since the 1954 election), and there was a turnout of 90.75%. [9] This turnout was considerably higher than the turnout in the previous election (84.26%) and the highest turnout so far, but still about average for the next decades. [9]

Elsie Andrews (1888–1948) was one of only three women who stood for election in this year. [10]

Results

Summary

The 1935 election saw a massive win for the opposition Labour Party, which won fifty-three seats, and formed the First Labour Government. The governing coalition won only nineteen, and three ministers were defeated (in Hamilton, Tauranga and Waitaki). This difference was not so great in the popular vote, however, with Labour winning 45.7% to the coalition's 33.5%. Labour was more fortunate than its British namesake in not attaining office before the depression (thanks to Seddon's lengthy reign) "and so could hold the conservative coalition responsible if natural laws of economics behaved unnaturally". [11]

Apart from Labour and the coalition, the only two groups to win places in Parliament were the Country Party and the Ratana movement, both of which won two seats.

Four independents were elected, Harry Atmore, David McDougall, Charles Wilkinson and Robert Wright. The independents were tactically supported by one of the major parties who did not stand a candidate against them, and they generally voted with that party; Wilkinson and Wright supported the coalition while Atmore and McDougall supported Labour. Labour also did not stand candidates against the two Country Party members. [12]

Many commentators blamed the coalition's failure to win seats on vote splitting by the Democrat Party, an "anti-socialist" group founded by a former organiser for the governing coalition, Albert Davy, and headed by Thomas Hislop, the Mayor of Wellington. Perhaps as many as eight seats were an unexpected bonus to Labour because of the three-way split. [13] The Democrats won 7.8% of the vote, but no seats.

Two future National MPs stood unsuccessfully: Frederick Doidge stood as an Independent for Rotorua and came second, and Matthew Oram stood for the Democrats in Manawatu and came fourth. [14]

An analysis of men and women on the rolls against the votes recorded showed that in 1935 90.75% of those on the European rolls voted; men 92.02% and women 89.46%. In the 1938 election the figures were 92.85% with men 93.43% and women 92.27%. As the Māori electorates did not have electoral rolls they could not be included. [15] [16]

Party totals

Winning party by electorate. 1935 New Zealand general election - Simple.svg
Winning party by electorate.
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Election results
PartyCandidatesVotesPercentageSeatschange
Labour 70389,91145.7353+29
Reform 74285,42233.489−31
United 7
Democrats 5366,6957.820-
Country Party 611,8091.672+1
Ratana 46,2490.732+2
Communist 46000.070±0
Independents 6087,74810.297–1
Total:267852,63710080

Votes summary

Popular Vote
Labour
45.73%
United–Reform Coalition
33.48%
Democrats
7.82%
Country Party
1.67%
Ratana
0.73%
Independent
10.57%
Parliament seats
Labour
66.25%
United–Reform Coalition
23.75%
Country Party
2.50%
Ratana
2.50%
Independent
5%

Electorate results

The following table shows the detailed results: Key

  Labour     Independent     United     Reform     United/Reform     Democrat     Ratana     Country Party   

Electorate results for the 1935 New Zealand general election [17]
ElectorateIncumbentWinnerMajorityRunner up
General electorates
Auckland Central Bill Parry 5,301 [18] Clifford Reid Dodd [19]
Auckland East Bill Schramm 2,337 [20] Harold Percy Burton [21]
Auckland Suburbs Rex Mason 4,896 [18] William Alexander Bishop [22]
Auckland West Michael Joseph Savage 6,180 [23] Ernest David Stallworthy [24]
Avon Dan Sullivan 5,410 [25] Lancelot Charles Walker
Awarua Philip De La Perrelle James Hargest [nb 1] 950 [27] Thomas Francis Doyle
Bay of Islands Harold Rushworth 2,121 [6] Clive Cameron
Bay of Plenty vacant [nb 2] Gordon Hultquist 555 [29] John Tom Merry [30]
Buller Paddy Webb 4,499 [31] John H Powell [32]
Central Otago William Bodkin 1,819 [31] Herbert Kerr Edie [33]
Chalmers Alfred Ansell Archie Campbell 1,071 [27] Alfred Ansell
Christchurch East Tim Armstrong 5,728 [18] Sydney Richardson [34] [35]
Christchurch North Henry Holland Sidney Holland 971 [18] Robert Macfarlane
Christchurch South Ted Howard 5,585 [18] Tom Milliken [36] [37]
Clutha Peter McSkimming James Roy [nb 3] 1,930 [6] Rev. Edwin Thoms Cox [38]
Dunedin Central Charles Statham Peter Neilson 1,729 [27] Donald Cameron [39]
Dunedin North Jim Munro 1,668 [6] Alexander Smith Falconer [40] [41] [42] [43]
Dunedin South Fred Jones 3,378 [29] Stuart Sidey
Dunedin West William Downie Stewart Gervan McMillan 945 [44] William Downie Stewart [45]
Eden Arthur Stallworthy Bill Anderton 2,465 [44] Arthur Stallworthy
Egmont Charles Wilkinson 3,172 [18] James Ross [46]
Franklin Jack Massey Arthur Sexton 685 [6] Jack Massey
Gisborne David Coleman 1,817 [20] Douglas Lysnar
Grey Lynn John A. Lee 8,012 [44] George Wildish [47]
Hamilton Alexander Young Charles Barrell 1,391 [6] Alexander Young
Hauraki Walter William Massey Charles Robert Petrie 544 [48] Walter William Massey
Hawke's Bay Hugh Campbell Ted Cullen 1,010 [27] Hugh Campbell
Hurunui George Forbes 1,203 [18] Donald Cyrus Davie [49]
Hutt Walter Nash 7,757 [20] Victor Emmanuel Jacobson [50]
Invercargill James Hargest William Denham 346 [27] Gordon Reed [51]
Kaiapoi Richard Hawke Morgan Williams 1,424 [27] Richard Hawke
Kaipara Gordon Coates 302 [6] William Grounds
Lyttelton Terry McCombs 2,775 [20] Seton Fulton Marshall [52] [53]
Manawatu Joseph Linklater Lorrie Hunter 60 [31] Joseph Linklater
Manukau Bill Jordan 6,402 [44] Herbert Jenner Wily [54]
Marsden Alfred Murdoch Jim Barclay 347 [18] Alfred Murdoch
Masterton George Sykes John Robertson 325 [29] George Sykes
Mataura David McDougall 1,658 [18] Thomas Golden [55]
Mid-Canterbury vacant [nb 4] Horace Herring 462 [18] James Carr [57]
Motueka Keith Holyoake 280 [27] Rubert York [58] [59]
Napier Bill Barnard 4,057 [60] F B Logan
Nelson Harry Atmore 2,610 [6] Herbert Everett [61]
New Plymouth Sydney George Smith 831 [27] Fred Frost
Oamaru John Andrew MacPherson Arnold Nordmeyer 1,142 [27] John Andrew MacPherson
Oroua John Cobbe 2,333 [6] William Henry Oliver [nb 5]
Otaki William Hughes Field Leonard Lowry 1,720 [31] G. A. Monk [63]
Pahiatua Alfred Ransom 1,175 [18] R A Gower
Palmerston Jimmy Nash Joe Hodgens 115 [64] Gus Mansford
Parnell Bill Endean 731 [48] Arthur Osborne
Patea Harold Dickie 649 [27] W G Simpson
Raglan Lee Martin 1,695 [27] Stewart Reid [65]
Rangitikei Alexander Stuart Ormond Wilson 907 [66] Alexander Stuart
Riccarton Bert Kyle 1,139 [18] G T Thurston
Roskill Arthur Shapton Richards 4,023 [48] Thomas James Fleming [24]
Rotorua Cecil Clinkard Alexander Moncur 1,452 [6] Frederick Doidge
Stratford William Polson [nb 6] 339 [6] Philip Skoglund
Tauranga Charles MacMillan Charles Burnett 41 [31] Charles MacMillan
Temuka Thomas Burnett 605 [6] Thomas Herbert Langford
Thames Albert Samuel Jim Thorn 1,262 [48] Albert Samuel
Timaru Clyde Carr 1,059 [27] W Thomas
Waimarino Frank Langstone 1,863 [6] Cecil Boles
Waipawa Albert Jull Max Christie 259 [27] Albert Jull
Waikato Frederick Lye Robert Coulter 784 [66] Frederick Lye
Wairarapa Alexander McLeod Ben Roberts 33 [27] John Wiltshire Card [67] [68]
Wairau Edward Healy Ted Meachen 352 [18] Edward Healy
Waitaki John Bitchener David Barnes 479 [45] John Bitchener
Waitemata Alexander Harris Jack Lyon 2,684 [18] Alexander Harris
Waitomo Walter Broadfoot 1,526 [6] Jack Jones [69]
Wallace Adam Hamilton 2,034 [18] Lawrence Edmond [70]
Wanganui Bill Veitch Joe Cotterill 1,569 [18] Bill Veitch
Wellington Central Peter Fraser 4,479 [6] Will Mason [71]
Wellington East Bob Semple 3,323 [18] Ossie Mazengarb
Wellington North Charles Henry Chapman 794 [20] Elizabeth Gilmer [72]
Wellington South Robert McKeen 6,059 [18] Henry Featherston Toogood [50] [68]
Wellington Suburbs Robert Wright 1,856 [18] Peter Butler [50]
Westland James O'Brien 3,677 [6] H R Young [73]
Māori electorates
Eastern Maori Āpirana Ngata 3,224 [6] Tiaki Omana
Northern Maori Taurekareka Henare 983 [6] Paraire Karaka Paikea
Southern Maori Eruera Tirikatene 43 [6] Thomas Kaiporohu Bragg
Western Maori Taite Te Tomo Toko Ratana 47 [7] Taite Te Tomo

Table footnotes:

  1. James Hargest ran as an Independent, but was aligned to the Reform Party [26]
  2. Kenneth Williams, the previous representative, died two days prior to the election [28]
  3. James Roy ran as an Independent, but was aligned to the United–Reform Coalition
  4. Jeremiah Connolly, the previous representative, died just prior to the election [56]
  5. Father of the historian W. H. Oliver [62]
  6. William Polson ran as an Independent, but was aligned to the United–Reform Coalition

Post-election events

A number of local by-elections were required due to the resignations of incumbent local body politicians following the general election:

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