Taieri (New Zealand electorate)

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Taieri is a parliamentary electorate in the Otago region of New Zealand, initially from 1866 to 1911, and was later recreated during the 2019/20 electoral redistribution ahead of the 2020 election. [1] [2]


Population centres

First incarnation

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 Taieri, and the number of Members of Parliament was increased by 13 to 70. [3]

This electorate was based on the town of Mosgiel. [4]

Second incarnation

The seat was recreated for the 2020 general election by renaming the electorate of Dunedin South and amending its borders, particularly with a large area around the Clutha River and South Otago added from Clutha-Southland. [5] [2] This is due to a rate of population growth below the South Island average in Dunedin that means it can no longer fully support two electorates. [6] The current electorate of Taieri has an area stretching from South Dunedin to Balclutha. [7]

The previous electorate of Dunedin South had been held by the Labour Party since its creation in 1996, and specifically by Clare Curran since 2008. However, the new boundaries for Taieri include more rural areas, [8] and Curran announced in 2019 that she would not be seeking reelection in 2020. [9]


The Taieri electorate was first established for the 1866 general election for the 4th New Zealand Parliament.

Donald Reid was the first representative. [10] He resigned in 1869 and was succeeded by Henry Howorth. Reid was re-elected at the 1871 general election, and elected unopposed in the 1875 general election that was held on 29 December. [11] Reid resigned once again in 1878, [12] and was succeeded by William Cutten. Reid's son, also called Donald Reid, represented the electorate 1902–08. [13]

All other members retired at the end of their representation. When the electorate was abolished in 1911, Thomas Mackenzie stood successfully for Egmont.

Members of Parliament

Taieri has been represented by eight Members of Parliament: [14]


  Independent     Liberal     Conservative     Labour   

1866 election Donald Reid Sr
1869 by-election Henry Howorth
1871 election Donald Reid Sr
1875 election
1878 by-election William Cutten
1879 election James Fulton
1881 election
1884 election
1887 election
1890 election Walter Carncross
1893 election
1896 election
1899 election
1902 election Donald Reid Jr
1905 election
1908 election Thomas Mackenzie
(Electorate abolished 1911–2020)
2020 election Ingrid Leary

Election results

2020 election

2020 general election: Taieri [15]

Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
Pink background denotes a candidate elected from their party list.
Yellow background denotes an electorate win by a list member, or other incumbent.
A Green check.svgY or Red x.svgN denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

PartyCandidateVotes%±%Party votes%±%
Labour Ingrid Leary 25,26356.2326,60858.92
National Liam Kernaghan12,86528.639,53121.10
Green Scott Willis2,2074.912,4405.40
NZ First Mark Patterson 1,3092.911,1792.61
ACT Robert Andrews1,2912.873,3027.31
New Conservative Ally Kelleher4721.055011.10
Advance NZ Fred Roberts2560.562360.52
ONE Stan Smith2010.441050.23
Independent Oliver Lequeux1300.28
Social Credit Warren Voight1070.23450.09
Independent David Webber750.16
Opportunities  5711.26
Legalise Cannabis  1220.27
Māori Party  550.12
Outdoors  340.07
Sustainable NZ  270.05
Vision NZ  100.02
TEA  60.01
Heartland  30.01
Informal votes746382
Total Valid votes44,92245,157
Turnout 45,157
Labour win new seatMajority12,39827.59

1899 election

1899 general election: Taieri [16]
Liberal Walter Carncross 1,92756.78-2.17
Conservative Alexander Campbell Begg [17] 1,46743.22
Turnout 3,39475.07+1.22
Registered electors 4,521

1890 election

1890 general election: Taieri [18]
Liberal Walter Carncross 54838.87
Independent William Snow42430.07
Independent William Barron 32022.70
Independent Arthur John Burns 1188.37
Turnout 1,41069.73
Registered electors 2,022

1878 by-election

1878 Taieri by-election [19] [20] [21]
Independent William Cutten 234 33.86
Independent William Snow232
Independent Mr Barron22532.56
Turnout 691

1869 by-election

1869 Taieri by-election [22] [23]
Independent Henry Howorth 70 32.56
Independent Thomas Culling5726.51
Independent William Murray [24] 5324.65
Independent John Sibbald2411.16
Independent Alexander Rennie115.12
Independent James McIndoe00
Turnout 215


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  2. 1 2 Whyte, Anna (17 April 2020). "New electorate revealed, as raft of boundary changes announced prior to election 2020". 1 News . Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  3. McRobie 1989, p. 36.
  4. McRobie 1989, p. 37.
  5. "Report of the Representation Commission 2020" (PDF). 17 April 2020. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  6. "Map of electorates for 2020 and 2023".
  7. "2019-2020 boundary review; What are the main changes?".
  8. "Mark Patterson chosen to represent NZ First for Taieri electorate in general election". Stuff. 24 June 2020. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  9. Walls, Jason (27 August 2019). "Labour MP Clare Curran steps down - a year after she was sacked from Cabinet". NZ Herald. ISSN   1170-0777 . Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  10. "The New Parliament". North Otago Times. Vol. VI, no. 113. 19 April 1866. p. 1. Retrieved 11 July 2010.
  11. "The Taieri Election". Otago Witness . No. 1257. 1 January 1876. p. 9. Retrieved 27 July 2010.
  12. Angus, John H. (22 June 2007). "Reid, Donald 1833–1919". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Retrieved 27 July 2010.
  13. Cyclopedia Company Limited (1905). "Barristers And Solicitors". The Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Otago & Southland Provincial Districts. Christchurch. Retrieved 27 July 2010.
  14. Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC   154283103.
  15. "Taieri - Official Result". Electoral Commission. 6 November 2020. Retrieved 8 November 2020.
  16. "The General Election, 1899". Wellington: Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives. 19 June 1900. p. 2. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  17. Scholefield 1940, p. 55.
  18. "The General Election, 1890". National Library. 1891. p. 2. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  19. "Taieri Election". Otago Daily Times . 29 July 1878.
  20. "Dunedin". Thames Star. 12 July 1878.
  21. "Dunedin Special Telegrams". North Otago Times. 28 June 1878.
  22. "The Taieri Election". Otago Daily Times . No. 2302. 22 June 1869. p. 2. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  23. "The Taieri Election". Otago Daily Times . No. 2295. 14 June 1869. p. 2. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  24. "Tokomairiro, June 16, 1869". The Bruce Herald. Vol. VI, no. 628. 16 June 1869. p. 4. Retrieved 9 January 2019.

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