Waimarino (New Zealand electorate)

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Waimarino was a New Zealand parliamentary electorate that existed from 1911 to 1954, and from 1963 to 1972. It was rural in nature and was represented by four Members of Parliament.

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In the 1911 electoral redistribution, the North Island gained a further seat from the South Island due to faster population growth. In addition, there were substantial population movements within each island, and significant changes resulted from this. Only four electorates were unaltered, five electorates were abolished, one former electorate was re-established, and four electorates, including Waimarino, were created for the first time. [1]

The Waimarino electorate was used in its initial form for the 1911 and 1914 elections. [2] The electorate was rural without any urban areas. [3] For the 1914 election, 73 polling stations were used, and at only 15 of them were more than 100 votes cast. These polling stations were in Taihape (878 votes), Ohakune (449), Raetihi (361), Manunui (331), Kakahi (279), Rangataua town hall (273), Ōwhango (270), Ohakune East (167), Fordell (163), Raurimu (158), Horopito (151), Upukongaroa [sic] (127), Umumuri (126), Piriaka (111), and Mataroa (107). [4] The electorate's area stretched from the South Taranaki Bight to Lake Taupo (but not Taupō itself), and from Taihape in the south-east to just outside Taumarunui in the north-west. [5]

In the 1918 Electoral Redistribution, the electorate moved further north. It no longer bordered onto the coast; that area was taken up by Rangitīkei, which incorporated Taihape. Taumarunui was now within the electorate. [6]

The 1922 Electoral Redistribution resulted in only minimal boundary changes. Significantly, for the first time, part of the population in the electorate was classed as urban (2,144 of 14,587 people, or 14.7%). [7]

The 1927 Electoral Redistribution, which took effect with the 1928 election, resulted in more significant boundary changes. The southern boundary moved further north, the boundary near Lake Taupo moved significantly further south, and land was gained in the north-west to near the North Taranaki Bight including the town of Ohura. There was a slight decrease in the proportion of the population that was classed as urban (to 13.6%). [8]

The 1937 Electoral Redistribution, which took effect with the 1938 election, resulted in more boundary changes. Taihape moved back into the Waimarino electorate. The easternmost part of the electorate went to the Rotorua electorate including Tūrangi. In the north, some area was gained from the Waitomo electorate. The proportion of the population classed as urban increased to 24.5%. [9]

The 1946 Electoral Redistribution, which took effect with the 1946 election, resulted in very significant boundary changes. In 1945, the country quota had been abolished and as a result, mostly rural electorates like Waimarino had to increase significantly in area to compensate for this. Waimarino grew slightly to the south, significantly to the east, and very significantly to the north, and somewhat to the north-west. For the first time, Taupō was fully located within the electorate. [10]

In the 1952 Electoral Redistribution, Waimarino was abolished and the area divided between Rotorua, Waitomo, Patea, and Rangitīkei. This took effect with the 1954 election. [11]

Through the 1962 Electoral Redistribution, Waimarino was re-established mostly from areas that previously belonged to Patea and Waitomo, but also small areas that had belonged to Stratford and Egmont. This took effect with the 1963 election. It had again a coastal boundary with the South Taranaki Bight. The western boundary stopped just short of Patea. At the eastern end, Bulls came for the first time into the electorate. In the north, the electorate extended as far as Lake Taupo. Taumarunui was also again included within the electorate. [12]

The 1967 Electoral Redistribution, which took effect with the 1969 election, saw the electorate lose some area to Egmont, but gain some area from Waitomo (including Ohura) and Taupō. [13]

In the 1972 Electoral Redistribution, Waimarino was abolished and the area divided mostly between Rangitīkei and King Country. [14]

History

The electorate of Waimarino was first created during the 1911 Electoral Redistribution. The South Island lost one electorate to the North Island in the redistribution, resulting in 42 and 34 European electorates, respectively. Significant population movements within the North Island resulted in significant adjustments, with only four electorates remaining unchanged. [3] The Waimarino electorate initially covered areas that were previously covered by Taumarunui, Hawke's Bay, and Rangitikei. [15]

Arthur Remington of the Liberal Party had held the Rangitikei electorate, but he died on 17 August 1909. [16] The resulting 1909 by-election was contested by five candidates, with Frank Hockly as one of the opposition candidates leading Robert William Smith for the government by 1548 votes to 1055. [17] [18] At the time, the Second Ballot Act 1908 applied and since Hockly had not achieved an absolute majority, a second ballot between the two leading contenders was required. [19] In the second contest, Smith had a majority of 400 votes over Hockly and was thus declared elected. [20]

In the 1911 election, three candidates contested the new Waimarino electorate: Smith for the Liberal government, Hockly as the opposition candidate, and Joseph Ivess as an Independent Liberal. [21] Smith and Hockly progressed to the second ballot, [22] which was won by Smith with a 480 votes majority. [23] [24] In the 1922 election, Smith was defeated by Labour's Frank Langstone. In the 1925 election, Smith won it back, but was defeated again by Langstone in the 1928 election. [25]

William Henry Wackrow, who had been nominated in 1922 for the Liberal Party in the Rotorua electorate [26] but who withdrew shortly before the election [27] unsuccessfully challenged Langstone in the 1931 election for the United Party. [28]

Langstone transferred to the Auckland electorate of Roskill in the 1946 election, [29] and Paddy Kearins became the new Labour representative. [30] In 1953 Kearins crossed the floor of parliament and voted with the government to support the Licensing Amendment Bill (No. 2). This Bill proposed that the licensing of the King Country, part of Kearins' electorate, be subject to a referendum. [31] [32] Following the 1952 Electoral Redistribution, Kearins' electorate of Waimarino was abolished, which took effect for the 1954 election. The northern part of the electorate went to Rotorua, which included the towns of Taupo (which was previously located in Waimarino), Rotorua, and Tokoroa. [33] However, at the candidate selection for Rotorua, Ray Boord won the nomination over Kearins and was subsequently elected, [34] and "Labour lost its only farming voice... sacrificed by the party machine". [35] [36] [37] [38] [39] The central and southern parts of the Waimarino electorate were split between Waitomo, Patea, and Rangitikei. [40]

The 1962 Electoral Redistribution saw the re-establishment of the Waimarino electorate, which took effect with the 1963 election. National's Roy Jack, who had previously represented Patea, was the representative. [41] Following the 1967 Electoral Redistribution, Waimarino was abolished, which took effect for the 1969 election. [42]

Members of Parliament

The electorate was represented by four Members of Parliament. [43]

Key

  Liberal     Labour     National   

ElectionWinner
1911 election Robert William Smith
1914 election
1919 election
1922 election Frank Langstone
1925 election Robert William Smith (2nd period)
1928 election Frank Langstone (2nd period)
1931 election
1935 election
1938 election
1943 election
1946 election Paddy Kearins
1949 election
1951 election
(Electorate abolished 1954–1963, see Rotorua,
Waitomo, Patea, and Rangitikei)
1963 election Roy Jack
1966 election
1969 election
(Electorate abolished 1972, see Rangitikei and King Country)

Election results

1969 election

1969 general election: Waimarino [44]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
National Roy Jack 7,939 50.73 +0.54
Labour Shaun Alex Cameron5,72636.59+5.89
Social Credit Graham Ross Dempsey1,72411.01
Country Party Clifford Stanley Emeny2581.64
Majority2,21314.14-5.34
Turnout 15,64787.60-1.96
Registered electors 17,860

1966 election

1966 general election: Waimarino [44]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
National Roy Jack 6,416 50.19 +0.87
Labour Shaun Alex Cameron3,92530.70
Social Credit L V Luford2,44219.10
Majority2,49119.48+6.29
Turnout 12,78385.64-3.58
Registered electors 14,925

1963 election

1963 general election: Waimarino [44]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
National Roy Jack 6,673 49.32
Labour Olive Smuts-Kennedy 4,88836.12
Social Credit Terence Gregory Mullins1,72112.72
Liberal John Duggan2471.82
Majority1,78513.19
Turnout 13,52989.22
Registered electors 15,162

1951 election

1951 general election: Waimarino [44]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Paddy Kearins 7,456 50.23 -0.47
National Arthur MacPherson7,38949.77+0.47
Majority670.45-0.95
Turnout 14,84586.88-5.16
Registered electors 17,086

1949 election

1949 general election: Waimarino [45]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Paddy Kearins 7,319 50.70 -1.96
National Arthur MacPherson7,11749.30
Majority2021.40-3.90
Turnout 14,43692.04-0.93
Registered electors 15,683

1946 election

1946 general election: Waimarino [46]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Paddy Kearins 6,755 52.66
National Norman Robert Hill6,07447.34
Majority6815.30
Turnout 12,82992.97-0.34
Registered electors 13,798

1943 election

1943 general election: Waimarino [47]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Frank Langstone 5,352 54.70 -9.18
National Roger Oswald Montgomerie3,94840.35
People's Movement Digby Perrett3813.89
Informal votes1021.04+0.42
Majority1,40414.35-14.05
Turnout 9,78393.31-0.33
Registered electors 10,484

1938 election

1938 general election: Waimarino [48]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Frank Langstone 6,613 63.88 +3.82
National Cecil Boles3,67335.48-1.95
Informal votes650.62-0.02
Majority2,94028.40-5.77
Turnout 10,35193.64+0.23
Registered electors 11,053

1935 election

1935 general election: Waimarino [49]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Frank Langstone 4,945 60.06 +6.25
Reform Cecil Boles3,08237.43
United Henry William Bucknall Littlewood2062.50
Informal votes530.64+0.06
Majority1,86322.63+15.01
Turnout 8,28693.41+9.85
Registered electors 8,870

1931 election

1931 general election: Waimarino [28]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Frank Langstone 4,174 53.81 +7.42
United William Henry Wackrow3,58346.19
Informal votes450.58-0.02
Majority5917.62-5.00
Turnout 7,80283.56-1.30
Registered electors 9,337

1928 election

1928 general election: Waimarino [50]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Frank Langstone 3,620 46.39 -2.43
United Robert William Smith 2,63533.77-16.93
Independent James Georgetti1,50019.22
Informal votes470.60+0.12
Majority98512.62
Turnout 7,80284.86-5.04
Registered electors 9,193

1925 election

1925 general election: Waimarino [51]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Robert William Smith 3,751 50.70 +22.59
Labour Frank Langstone 3,61148.82+8.32
Informal votes360.48-0.45
Majority1401.89
Turnout 7,39889.90+2.84
Registered electors 8,229

1922 election

1922 general election: Waimarino [52]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Frank Langstone 2,900 40.50 -3.75
Liberal Robert William Smith 2,01328.11-27.64
Reform David Donald McLean1,66223.21
Liberal–Labour George James Goldfinch5077.08
Independent Liberal Henry William Bucknall Littlewood100.13
Informal votes670.93-0.46
Majority88712.38
Turnout 7,15987.06+11.55
Registered electors 8,223

1919 election

1919 general election: Waimarino [53] [54]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Robert William Smith 3,116 55.75 -10.36
Labour Frank Langstone 2,47344.25
Informal votes791.39+0.49
Majority64311.50-20.72
Turnout 5,66875.51+7.49
Registered electors 7,506

1914 election

1914 general election: Waimarino [4]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Robert William Smith 4,093 66.11 +16.85
Reform Hugh Montgomerie Speed2,09833.89
Informal votes560.90-0.13
Majority1,99532.22+25.81
Turnout 6,24768.02-2.97
Registered electors 9,184

1911 election

1911 general election: Waimarino, first ballot [55]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Robert William Smith 2,805 49.26
Reform Frank Hockly 2,44042.85
Independent Liberal Joseph Ivess 4497.89
Informal votes591.03
Majority3656.41
Turnout 5,75370.99
Registered electors 8,104
1911 general election: Waimarino, second ballot [23]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Robert William Smith 3,071 54.24
Reform Frank Hockly 2,59145.76
Informal votes210.37
Majority4808.48
Turnout 5,68370.13
Registered electors 8,104

Notes

  1. McRobie 1989, pp. 71–76.
  2. McRobie 1989, pp. 75, 79.
  3. 1 2 McRobie 1989, p. 75.
  4. 1 2 "The General Election, 1914". National Library. 1915. p. 13. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  5. McRobie 1989, p. 74.
  6. McRobie 1989, p. 78.
  7. McRobie 1989, pp. 82f.
  8. McRobie 1989, pp. 86f.
  9. McRobie 1989, pp. 90f.
  10. McRobie 1989, pp. 94f.
  11. McRobie 1989, pp. 98f.
  12. McRobie 1989, pp. 102, 106–107.
  13. McRobie 1989, pp. 110f.
  14. McRobie 1989, pp. 114f.
  15. McRobie 1989, pp. 70, 74.
  16. Wilson 1985, p. 229.
  17. "Final Returns". Taranaki Herald . Vol. LV, no. 14012. 17 September 1909. p. 3. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  18. "The Rangitikei Seat". Otago Daily Times . No. 14624. 9 September 1909. p. 7. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  19. Foster 1966.
  20. "Rangitikei Seat". The Evening Post . Vol. LXXVIII, no. 74. 24 September 1909. p. 3. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  21. "Political Notes". Manawatu Standard. Vol. XLI, no. 9632. 5 October 1911. p. 5. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  22. "Wellington Province". Poverty Bay Herald. Vol. XXXVIII, no. 12632. 8 December 1911. p. 5. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  23. 1 2 "The General Election, 1911". National Library. 1912. p. 3. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  24. Wilson 1985, p. 235.
  25. Wilson 1985, pp. 211, 235.
  26. "The General Election". Auckland Star . Vol. LIII, no. 53. 4 March 1922. p. 6. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  27. "The Election Campaign". The Press . Vol. LVIII, no. 17607. 9 November 1922. p. 14. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  28. 1 2 The General Election, 1931. Government Printer. 1932. p. 5. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  29. Wilson 1985, p. 211.
  30. Wilson 1985, p. 209.
  31. NZPD Vol. 301, pp. 2364–67
  32. Cottrell 1974, pp. 24, 30.
  33. McRobie 1989, pp. 94, 98–99.
  34. Wilson 1985, p. 184.
  35. Freer 2004, pp. 33, 58.
  36. Taylor 1974, p. 222.
  37. Logan 2008, p. 282.
  38. "RETIREMENT OF MR KEARINS". Press. 29 July 1954. p. 12. Retrieved 28 November 2021 via Papers Past.
  39. "PARLIAMENT SESSION ENDED: 12 MEMBERS RETIRING". Press. 2 October 1954. p. 8. Retrieved 28 November 2021 via Papers Past.
  40. McRobie 1989, pp. 94, 98.
  41. Wilson 1985, p. 207.
  42. McRobie 1989, pp. 106, 110–111.
  43. Wilson 1985, p. 273.
  44. 1 2 3 4 Norton 1988, p. 369.
  45. "The General Election, 1949". National Library. 1950. pp. 1–5, 8. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
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  50. The General Election, 1928. Government Printer. 1929. p. 3. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  51. The General Election, 1925. Government Printer. 1926. p. 2. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  52. The General Election, 1922. Government Printer. 1923. p. 2. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  53. The New Zealand Official Year-Book. Government Printer. 1920. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
  54. "The Polling". Otago Daily Times . No. 17811. 18 December 1919. p. 6. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  55. "The General Election, 1911". National Library. 1912. pp. 3, 7. Retrieved 1 August 2013.

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