Petone is a former parliamentary electorate in the lower Hutt Valley of New Zealand, from 1946 to 1978. The electorate was represented by two Members of Parliament from the Labour Party.
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 Petone.The electorate was based on the southern part of the city of Lower Hutt. Settlements within the electorate included the suburb of Petone, Wainuiomata, and Eastbourne.
The Petone electorate was abolished through the 1977 electoral redistribution.Most of its area went to the Pencarrow electorate, while some area, including the suburb of Petone, transferred to the Western Hutt electorate.
The Petone electorate was first used for the 1946 election. Its first representative was Mick Moohan of the Labour Party, who was Minister of Railways from 1957 to 1960 while serving the electorate. Moohan died in office on 7 February 1967.
This caused the 1967 by-election, which was won by Fraser Colman. He served until the electorate was abolished in 1978, and moved to the Pencarrow electorate.
The Petone electorate was represented by two Members of Parliament.
|1946 election||Mick Moohan|
|1967 by-election||Fraser Colman|
|(Electorate abolished in 1978; |
see Pencarrow and Western Hutt)
|Social Credit||Reg Moore||1,155||7.10||+2.39|
|Liberal||John Anthony Patrick Broderick||62||0.38|
|Socialist Action||Russell Johnson||31||0.19|
|Social Credit||Reg Moore||698||4.71|
|Values||L B Frost||674||4.55|
|New Democratic||E G M Tyley||90||0.60|
|National||F J Handy||5,064||35.03|
|Social Credit||K H Walker||880||6.08|
|Social Credit||Colin Whitmill||1,888||14.54||+2.43|
|Social Credit||Colin Whitmill||1,929||12.11|
|Social Credit||Thomas Frank Foulger||688||4.25|
|Independent||C G Stancliff||175||1.08|
|Social Credit||Desmond George Long||1,052||6.73||-1.94|
|Social Credit||Desmond George Long||737||4.79|
|National||Fanny Elizabeth Soward||4,620||32.01|
|Social Credit||Robert Leslie Allan||859||5.95|
|Communist||Arthur Philip Quinn||207||1.57|
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