35th New Zealand Parliament

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35th Parliament of New Zealand
34th Parliament 36th Parliament

Term 26 April 1967 – 24 October 1969
Election New Zealand general election, 1966
Government Second National Government
House of Representatives

Members 80
Speaker of the House Roy Jack
Prime Minister Keith Holyoake
Leader of the Opposition Norman Kirk
Monarch HM Elizabeth II
Governor-General Sir Arthur Porritt from 1 December 1967
––HE Brigadier Sir Bernard Edward Fergusson until 20 October 1967

The 35th New Zealand Parliament was a term of the New Zealand Parliament. It was elected at the 1966 general election on 26 November of that year.


1966 general election

The 1966 general election was held on Saturday, 26 November. [1] A total of 80 MPs were elected; 52 represented North Island electorates, 24 represented South Island electorates, and the remaining four represented Māori electorates; this was the same distribution used since the 1963 election. [2] 1,409,600 voters were enrolled and the official turnout at the election was 86.0%. [1]


The 35th Parliament sat for three sessions, and was prorogued on 24 October 1969. [3]

Session Opened Adjouned
first 26 April 1967 24 November 1967
second 26 June 1968 19 December 1968
third 15 May 1969 24 October 1969


The National Party had come to power at the 1960 election, and Keith Holyoake had formed the second Holyoake Ministry on 12 December 1960, which stayed in power until Holyoake stepped down in early 1972. The second National Government remained in place until its defeat at the 1972 election towards the end of that year. [4]

Overview of seats

The table below shows the number of MPs in each party following the 1966 election and at dissolution:

At 1966 election At dissolution
National 4443
Government total
Labour Opposition 3536
Social Credit 11
Opposition total 3637
Working Government majority 86


By-elections during 35th Parliament

There were a number of changes during the term of the 35th Parliament.

Electorate and by-election Date Incumbent Cause Winner
Southern Maori 1967 11 March Eruera Tirikatene Death Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan
Fendalton 1967 15 April Harry Lake Death Eric Holland
Petone 1967 15 April Michael Moohan Death Fraser Colman
Eastern Maori 1967 12 August Puti Tipene Watene Death Paraone Reweti
Palmerston North 1967 2 December Bill Brown Death Joe Walding
Hutt 1968 3 August Walter Nash Death Trevor Young


  1. 1 2 "General elections 1853–2005 - dates & turnout". Elections New Zealand. Archived from the original on 27 May 2010. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
  2. Wilson 1985, p. 173.
  3. Wilson 1985, p. 142.
  4. Wilson 1985, pp. 89–92.