Mount Herbert (New Zealand electorate)

Last updated

Mount Herbert was a former parliamentary electorate in the Canterbury region of New Zealand, from 1866 to 1870.

Contents

Population centres

In the 1865 electoral redistribution, the House of Representatives focussed its review of electorates to South Island electorates only, as the Central Otago Gold Rush had caused significant population growth, and a redistribution of the existing population. Fifteen additional South Island electorates were created, including Mount Herbert, and the number of Members of Parliament was increased by 13 to 70. [1] The electorate is named after the highest peak on Banks Peninsula.

The 1870 electoral redistribution was undertaken by a parliamentary select committee based on population data from the 1867 New Zealand census. Eight sub-committees were formed, with two members each making decisions for their own province; thus members set their own electorate boundaries. The number of electorates was increased from 61 to 72, and Mount Herbert was abolished in the process, with the vast majority of its area taken up by an enlarged Akaroa electorate. [2]

History

The electorate was first formed for the 1866 election, mostly replacing the Ellesmere electorate, but also gaining some area from the Akaroa electorate. [3] The general election was held on 22 February 1866, and William Sefton Moorhouse was returned unopposed. [4] [5]

Moorhouse also stood in the Westland electorate and was returned 16 March 1866 in favour of William Shaw. [4] [6]

Moorhouse chose to represent Westland. [7] A by-election was held on 27 July 1866 and Thomas Potts was returned unopposed. [8] [9]

Members

ElectionWinner
1866 election William Sefton Moorhouse
1866 by-election Thomas Potts

Notes

  1. McRobie 1989, p. 36.
  2. McRobie 1989, pp. 37–41.
  3. McRobie 1989, pp. 35, 37.
  4. 1 2 Scholefield 1950, p. 127.
  5. "Election Intelligence". Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle. Vol. XXV, no. 26. 1 March 1866. p. 3. Retrieved 24 July 2010.
  6. "Representation of Westland". West Coast Times. No. 158. 21 March 1866. p. 3. Retrieved 24 July 2010.
  7. Wilson 1985, p. 267.
  8. Scholefield 1950, p. 133.
  9. "News of the Day". Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle. Vol. XXV, no. 97. 7 August 1866. p. 2. Retrieved 24 July 2010.

Related Research Articles

William Sefton Moorhouse British-born New Zealand politician

William Sefton Moorhouse was a British-born New Zealand politician. He was the second Superintendent of Canterbury Province.

The 2nd New Zealand Parliament was a term of the Parliament of New Zealand. It opened on 15 April 1856, following New Zealand's 1855 election. It was dissolved on 5 November 1860 in preparation for 1860–61 election. The 2nd Parliament was the first under which New Zealand had responsible government, meaning that unlike previously, the Cabinet was chosen by Parliament rather than by the Governor.

1866 New Zealand general election New Zealand general election

The 1866 New Zealand general election was held between 12 February and 6 April to elect 70 MPs to the fourth term of the New Zealand Parliament.

Ashley was a New Zealand electorate situated north of Christchurch. It was in use from 1866 to 1902, and was replaced with the Hurunui electorate.

Lyttelton is a former New Zealand parliamentary electorate. It existed from 1853 to 1890, and again from 1893 to 1996, when it was replaced by the Banks Peninsula electorate.

Omata was a New Zealand electorate. It was located in Taranaki and based on the township of Omata. One of the original 24 electorates, it existed from 1853 to 1870.

Caversham was a parliamentary electorate in the city of Dunedin in the Otago region of New Zealand, from 1866 to 1908.

Pareora was a former parliamentary electorate in the Canterbury region of New Zealand for one electoral term in the 19th century.

Wairau was a parliamentary electorate in the Marlborough Region of New Zealand. It was one of the initial 24 New Zealand electorates and existed from 1853 until its abolition in 1938, when it was succeeded by the Marlborough electorate. The electorate had 13 representatives during its existence. The 1861 election in the Wairau electorate was notable in that a later Premier, Frederick Weld, was unexpectedly and narrowly defeated by William Henry Eyes.

Mount Ida is a former parliamentary electorate in the Otago region of New Zealand, from 1871 to 1893, and then from 1902 to 1908.

Westland Boroughs was a parliamentary electorate in the West Coast of New Zealand from 1866 to 1870.

Westland North was a parliamentary electorate on the West Coast of New Zealand from 1868 to 1870.

Westland was a parliamentary electorate in the West Coast of New Zealand from 1866 to 1868 and 1890 to 1972. In 1972 the Tasman and West Coast electorates replaced the former Buller and Westland electorates.

Ellesmere was a parliamentary electorate in the Canterbury region of New Zealand. It existed for two periods between 1861 and 1928 and was represented by six Members of Parliament.

Auckland Suburbs was a parliamentary electorate in Auckland, New Zealand from 1928 to 1946.

Dunedin East was a parliamentary electorate in the city of Dunedin in the Otago region of New Zealand from 1881 to 1890.

Roslyn was a parliamentary electorate in the city of Dunedin in the Otago region of New Zealand from 1866 to 1890.

Oamaru was a parliamentary electorate in the Otago region of New Zealand, during three periods between 1866 and 1978.

The 4th New Zealand Parliament was a term of the Parliament of New Zealand.

The 9th New Zealand Parliament was a term of the Parliament of New Zealand.

References