1967 Fendalton by-election

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1967 Fendalton by-election
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  1966 general 15 April 1967 (1967-04-15) 1969 general  
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Candidate Eric Holland Bruce Barclay
Party National Labour
Popular vote7,0246,738
Percentage46.2144.29

MP before election

Harry Lake
National

Elected MP

Eric Holland
National

The Fendalton by-election of 1967 was a by-election for the electorate of Fendalton on 15 April 1967 during the 35th New Zealand Parliament.

Fendalton is a former New Zealand parliamentary electorate. It existed during two periods between 1946 and 1996. The electorate was in the western suburbs of Christchurch, New Zealand. Fendalton is an expensive suburb, and was always represented by the National Party.

35th New Zealand Parliament

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Background

The by-election resulted from the death of the previous member the Hon Harry Lake on 21 February 1967; Lake had been Minister of Finance since 1960, a rapid rise to an important ministerial post. He died suddenly of a heart attack aged 55 years.

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The by-election was won by Eric Holland, also of the National Party. Holland was the son of former prime minister Sidney Holland. Despite being a safe National seat, the election night results had a 67-vote majority to Labour's candidate Bruce Barclay, the shock result prompted Leader of the Opposition Norman Kirk to declare that National had lost its mandate to govern. [1] However after 1,300 special votes were counted National did manage to hold the seat by just 286 votes a swing of over 5% to Labour. [2]

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Results

The following table gives the election results:

1967 Fendalton by-election
PartyCandidateVotes%±
National Eric Holland 7,024 46.2
Labour Bruce Barclay 6,73844.3+6.1
Social Credit J J Foster1,4519.5-1.0
Majority2861.9
Turnout 20,68173.7
National hold Swing

Notes

  1. "NZ Voters Turn on Government". The Canberra Times . 41 (11, 665). p. 5.
  2. Grant 2014, pp. 110.

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