1968 Hutt by-election

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1968 Hutt by-election
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  1966 general 3 August 1968 (1968-08-03) 1969 general  

MP before election

Sir Walter Nash
Labour

Elected MP

Trevor Young
Labour

The Hutt by-election of 1968 was a by-election for the electorate of Hutt on 3 August 1968 during the 35th New Zealand Parliament. The by-election resulted from the death of the previous member and former prime minister Sir Walter Nash on 4 June 1968.

Hutt was a New Zealand parliamentary electorate. It was one of the original electorates in 1853 and existed during two periods until 1978. It was represented by 13 Members of Parliament.

35th New Zealand Parliament

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Walter Nash New Zealand politician

Sir Walter Nash was a New Zealand politician who served as the 27th Prime Minister of New Zealand in the Second Labour Government from 1957 to 1960. He is noted for his long period of political service, having been associated with the New Zealand Labour Party since its creation.

The by-election was won by Trevor Young, also of the Labour Party. The National candidate was John Kennedy-Good, a future Mayor of Lower Hutt, who had stood for National in the previous general election.

Trevor James Young,, was a New Zealand politician of the Labour Party.

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Results

The following table gives the election results:

1968 Hutt by-election
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour Trevor Young 5,968 47.79
National John Kennedy-Good 4,57636.64
Social Credit Tom Weal 1,6495.18
Independent N. G. Ursin2952.36
Majority1,39211.15
Turnout 12,48868.04
Registered electors 18,354
Labour hold Swing

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