Hastings was a parliamentary electorate in the Hawke's Bay Region of New Zealand from 1946 to 1996. The electorate was represented by nine Members of Parliament. The Hastings electorate was a typical bellwether electorate, frequently changing between the two main parties.
The 1941 New Zealand census had been postponed due to World War II, so the 1946 electoral redistribution had to take ten years of population growth and movements into account. The North Island gained a further two electorates from the South Island due to faster population growth. The abolition of the country quota through the Electoral Amendment Act, 1945 reduced the number and increased the size of rural electorates. None of the existing electorates remained unchanged, 27 electorates were abolished, eight former electorates were re-established, and 19 electorates were created for the first time, including Hastings.The towns of Hastings and Havelock North have always been located within the electorate until the 1987 electoral redistribution, whereas the nearby Fernhill was always included in the adjacent Hawke's Bay electorate.
The first representative was Ted Cullen of the Labour Party.At the 1949 election, Cullen was defeated by Sydney Jones of the National Party. After two electoral terms, Jones was in turn defeated by Labour's Ted Keating, who served until his defeat in 1960. Subsequent office holders were Duncan MacIntyre (1960-1972), Richard Mayson (1972-1975), Bob Fenton (1975-1978), David Butcher (1978-1990), Jeff Whittaker (1990-1993), and Rick Barker (1993-1996).
The Hastings electorate was represented by nine Members of Parliament:
|1946 election||Ted Cullen|
|1949 election||Sydney Jones|
|1954 election||Ted Keating|
|1960 election||Duncan MacIntyre|
|1972 election||Richard Mayson|
|1975 election||Bob Fenton|
|1978 election||David Butcher|
|1990 election||Jeff Whittaker|
|1993 election||Rick Barker|
|(Electorate abolished in 1996; see Tukituki)|
|NZ First||John Waitere||932||4.66|
|Christian Heritage||Rex Jones||640||3.20|
|McGillicuddy Serious||John Morrison||128||0.64|
|Natural Law||Martin Ouseley||66||0.33|
|National||P D Brown||6,906||31.64|
|NZ Party||Sara Slavin||2,803||12.84|
|Social Credit||John Rabarts||938||4.29|
|Social Credit||Gary Clover||3,764||18.01|
|Independent||A J L D Wedekind||68||0.32|
|Social Credit||Jeremy Dwyer||5,373||25.95||+17.03|
|Values||C L Amery||148||0.71|
|Social Credit||Jeremy Dwyer||1,788||8.92|
|Social Credit||George Neville Whitcombe||663||3.66||-3.03|
|New Democratic||Gwendoline Alice Dick||50||0.27|
|Social Credit||George Neville Whitcombe||1,163||6.69||-3.38|
|Social Credit||George Neville Whitcombe||1,695||10.07|
|Social Credit||George Thew||978||5.93||-1.88|
|Social Credit||George Thew||1,302||7.81||+2.93|
|National||Arthur Heary Sievewright||7,076||44.21|
|Social Credit||George Thew||782||4.88||-3.53|
|Social Credit||George Thew||1,280||8.41|
|Labour||Henry Edward Beattie||7,060||46.27|
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