All 80 seats in the New Zealand Parliament
41 seats were needed for a majority
Results of the election.
The 1966 New Zealand general election was a nationwide vote to determine the shape of the New Zealand Parliament's 35th term. It saw the governing National Party win a third consecutive term in office. It was also the first time since the 1943 election that a minor party won a seat in Parliament.
The National Party had established its second administration following the 1960 elections, and had been re-elected in the 1963 election. Keith Holyoake remained Prime Minister. The Labour Party experienced a leadership change shortly before the 1966 elections: Arnold Nordmeyer, who was closely associated with an unpopular previous Labour government, was replaced by the younger Norman Kirk. Labour remained disunited, however, with ongoing leadership problems undermining Kirk's position. Disagreement between unionists and non-unionists regarding economic policy also weakened the party.
One significant issue that divided National and Labour in the 1966 elections was the question of New Zealand's participation in the Vietnam War. Under National, New Zealand contributed a small number of troops, which Holyoake strongly defended during the election campaign. Labour, by contrast, made the recall of troops one of its key policies; former Labour leader Walter Nash was a particularly strong critic of the war. Nash believed that Labour's failure to win the election was because of its principled anti-Vietnam war policy, despite voters preferring Labour's economic policy to National's.
Eight National MPs and two Labour MPs intended to retire at the end of the 34th Parliament.
|Ernest Aderman||New Plymouth|
|Dean Eyre||North Shore|
|Rex Mason||New Lynn|
The date for the main 1966 elections was 26 November. 1,409,600 people were registered to vote. Turnout was 86.0%, a number relatively low for the time. The number of seats being contested was 80, a number which had been fixed since 1902. It was, however, the last election in which the number of seats was set at this level.
The 1966 election saw the governing National Party retain office by an eight-seat margin. It had previously held office by a ten-seat margin — the drop was a result of losing the Hobson seat to Social Credit's Vernon Cracknell. National won a total of forty-four seats, while the Labour Party remained static on thirty-five. In the popular vote, the parties were closer — National won 43.6% to Labour's 41.4%. The Social Credit Party won 14.5% of the vote and one seat.
|Party||Candidates||Total votes||Percentage||Seats won||Change|
The table below shows the results of the 1966 general election:
Labour Social CreditNational
|Ashburton||Geoff Gerard||Rob Talbot||983||John Srhoy|
|Auckland Central||Norman Douglas||2,562||Marie Quinn|
|Avon||John Mathison||5,232||Dick Dawson|
|Awarua||Gordon Grieve||3,222||M E Booker|
|Bay of Plenty||Percy Allen||3,596||Leonard Thomas Fischer|
|Buller||Bill Rowling||1,822||Ernie King|
|Christchurch Central||Robert Macfarlane||1,409||Fred Francis|
|Clutha||Peter Gordon||3,312||Les McKay|
|Dunedin Central||Brian MacDonell||1,245||John Farry|
|Dunedin North||Ethel McMillan||2,833||George Barry Gerard|
|Eden||John Rae||2,548||John William Stewart|
|Egmont||William Sheat||Venn Young||3,262||H N Johnston|
|Fendalton||Harry Lake||2,271||Bruce Barclay|
|Franklin||Alfred E. Allen||5,083||Ron Ng-Waishing|
|Gisborne||Esme Tombleson||1,432||Bob MacDonald|
|Grey Lynn||Ritchie Macdonald||4,399||Horace Alexander Nash|
|Hamilton||Lance Adams-Schneider||2,225||Bob Reese|
|Hastings||Duncan MacIntyre||2,129||Sonja Davies|
|Hauraki General||Arthur Kinsella||2,336||Henry Uttinger|
|Hawkes Bay||Richard Harrison||3,915||L K Evans|
|Heretaunga||Ron Bailey||2,647||Ian Ross|
|Hobson||Logan Sloane||Vernon Cracknell||490||Logan Sloane|
|Hutt||Sir Walter Nash||1,949||John Kennedy-Good|
|Invercargill||Ralph Hanan||2,396||Noel Valentine|
|Island Bay||Arnold Nordmeyer||2,806||Saul Goldsmith|
|Karori||Jack Marshall||5,270||Peter Blizard|
|Lyttelton||Norman Kirk||2,121||Peter de Latour|
|Manawatu||Blair Tennent||Les Gandar||2,298||Ernie Hemmingsen|
|Manukau||Colin Moyle||2,728||Max Louis Peers|
|Manurewa||Phil Amos||2,389||B F Kimpton|
|Marlborough||Tom Shand||732||Gerry Wall|
|Marsden||Don McKay||4,077||O J Lewis|
|Miramar||Bill Fox||Bill Young||146||Bill Fox|
|Mt Albert||Warren Freer||2,654||Tom Hibbert|
|Napier||Jim Edwards||Gordon Christie||393||Maurice Kidson|
|Nelson||Stan Whitehead||2,045||E B Slack|
|New Lynn||Rex Mason||Jonathan Hunt||3,727||Kevin Patrick Lynch|
|New Plymouth||Ernest Aderman||Ron Barclay||78||Brian Clark|
|North Shore||Dean Eyre||George Gair||1,108||Michael Bassett|
|Onehunga||Hugh Watt||4,265||Daphne Double|
|Otago Central||John George||2,305||Brian Griffiths|
|Otaki||Allan McCready||3,575||Glen Herbert|
|Pahiatua||Keith Holyoake||5,291||F M O'Brien|
|Pakuranga||Bob Tizard||2,259||Victor David Thompson|
|Palmerston North||Bill Brown||259||Joe Walding|
|Petone||Mick Moohan||2,607||Joe Miller|
|Piako||Geoffrey Sim||Jack Luxton||3,884||Myles Edward Barroclough|
|Porirua||Henry May||1,928||Rick Stevenson|
|Raglan||Douglas Carter||1,659||Ronald Nelson Little|
|Rangiora||Lorrie Pickering||957||Te Rino Tirikatene|
|Rangitikei||Norman Shelton||4,005||Russell Wiseman|
|Remuera||Ronald Algie||Allan Highet||6,660||Bill Nairn|
|Riccarton||Mick Connelly||2,725||Ian Wilson|
|Rodney||Jack Scott||2,722||Nevern McConachy|
|Roskill||Arthur Faulkner||3,822||Anthony Cook|
|Rotorua||Harry Lapwood||2,298||Frank Knipe|
|St Albans||Bert Walker||2,575||Ted Adcock|
|St Kilda||Bill Fraser||2,809||R M Hall|
|Selwyn||John McAlpine||Colin McLachlan||2,597||Thomas Kelvin Campbell|
|Stratford||David Thomson||4,115||David Butler|
|Sydenham||Mabel Howard||3,947||Helen Garrett|
|Tamaki||Robert Muldoon||2,827||Kevin Ryan|
|Taupo||Rona Stevenson||258||Barry Gustafson|
|Tauranga||George Walsh||2,299||Olive Smuts-Kennedy|
|Timaru||Sir Basil Arthur||3,108||Norman Stanley Brown|
|Waimarino||Roy Jack||2,491||Shaun Alex Cameron|
|Waipa||Leslie Munro||3,081||Neil Roger David Shewan|
|Wairarapa||Haddon Donald||533||Jack Williams|
|Waitakere||Martyn Finlay||3,813||Peter Wilkinson|
|Waitaki||Allan Dick||2,009||Stan Rodger|
|Waitemata||Norman King||3,832||Terry Power|
|Waitomo||David Seath||4,442||Arthur John Ingram|
|Wallace||Brian Talboys||3,965||Aubrey Begg|
|Wanganui||George Spooner||908||John Grace|
|Wellington Central||Dan Riddiford||1,713||Rolland O'Regan|
|Westland||Paddy Blanchfield||4,041||George Ferguson|
|Eastern Maori||Puti Tipene Watene||3,121||Arnold Reedy|
|Northern Maori||Matiu Rata||4,297||F R Wilcox|
|Southern Maori||Eruera Tirikatene||3,832||Baden Pere|
|Western Maori||Iriaka Rātana||5,580||Timi Te Heuheu|
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