Wellington Central (New Zealand electorate)

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Wellington Central is an electorate, represented by a Member of Parliament in the New Zealand House of Representatives. Its MP since November 2008 has been Labour Party's Grant Robertson.

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Population centres

Through the City Single Electorates Act, 1903, the three-member electorates of the four main centres were split again, and this became effective at the end of the 15th Parliament and was thus used for the 1905 election. The City of Wellington electorate split into the Wellington East, Wellington Central, and Wellington North electorates. [1]

15th New Zealand Parliament

The 15th New Zealand Parliament was a term of the New Zealand Parliament. It was elected at the 1902 general election in November and December of that year.

1905 New Zealand general election elections on 6 December 1905

The New Zealand general election of 1905 was held on Wednesday, 6 December in the general electorates, and on Wednesday, 20 December in the Māori electorates to elect a total of 80 MPs to the 16th session of the New Zealand Parliament. A total number of 412,702 voters turned out, with 396,657 voting in the European electorates.

Wellington East was a parliamentary electorate in the eastern suburbs of Wellington, New Zealand from 1887 to 1890 and from 1905 to 1946. It was succeeded by the Miramar electorate. The electorate was represented by seven Members of Parliament.

As of 1999 Wellington Central covered the central city and its immediate suburban periphery, stretching from Karori, Wilton and Wadestown in the west, to the summit of Mount Victoria in the east, and southwards to a boundary with the Rongotai electorate near Wellington Hospital. Prior to the 1999 election, its boundaries extended further north to include the affluent suburbs of Ngaio and Khandallah.

Karori suburb of Wellington, New Zealand

Karori is a suburb located at the western edge of the urban area of Wellington, New Zealand, 4 km from the city centre and is one of New Zealand's biggest suburbs having a population of over 14,000 at the time of the 2013 census.

Wilton, New Zealand human settlement in New Zealand

Wilton is a small suburb in Wellington. It is best known for Otari-Wilton's Bush, a large reserve that is situated in the suburb. Otari-Wilton's bush is the only public botanic garden in New Zealand dedicated solely to native plants. It features 14 km of walking tracks and a 'canopy walkway'. The canopy walkway is a raised walkway that provides a unique chance to view life in, and from, the top level of trees such as mature tawa, rewarewa and hinau.

Wadestown, New Zealand suburb of Wellington, New Zealand

Wadestown is a northern suburb of Wellington,, located about 2–3 km by road from the Wellington central business district and the New Zealand Parliament Buildings.

Wellington Central has one of the most affluent and well-educated constituencies in New Zealand. It is home to many government agencies, as well as to the New Zealand Parliament Buildings and to two universities.

The New Zealand Parliament Buildings house the New Zealand Parliament and are on a 45,000 square metre site at the northern end of Lambton Quay, Wellington. They consist of the Edwardian neoclassical-style Parliament House (1922); the Parliamentary Library (1899); the executive wing, called "The Beehive" (1977); and Bowen House, in use since 1991. Whilst most of the individual buildings are outstanding for different reasons, the overall setting that has been achieved "has little aesthetic or architectural coherence".

Following the 2014 boundary review, Wellington Central lost the suburb of Wadestown to the Ōhāriu electorate.

Ōhāriu (New Zealand electorate) Current New Zealand electorate

Ōhāriu, previously spelled Ohariu and then Ōhariu, is a New Zealand parliamentary electorate returning one Member of Parliament to the House of Representatives. It first existed from 1978 to 1993, and was recreated for the 2008 election. In 2008, it was the successor to Ohariu-Belmont, first contested at the first mixed-member proportional (MMP) election in 1996. Through its existence Ohariu-Belmont was represented by Peter Dunne, leader of the United Future party. Dunne contested and won the recreated electorate in 2008. He announced on 21 August 2017, he would not be seeking re-election in the 2017 general election.

History

Wellington Central was established in 1905 when the multi-member urban electorate City of Wellington was replaced by three new seats: Wellington East, Wellington North and Wellington Central. A prominent holder of the seat was Labour Party leader Peter Fraser, who was Prime Minister from 1940 to 1949. Wellington Central was nominally abolished in 1993, when a redistribution moved its boundary west, resulting in the new name of Wellington-Karori. Pauline Gardiner won the Wellington-Karori seat in 1993. Three years later, a new, larger Wellington Central was created as one of the 65 original MMP constituencies in time for the 1996 election.

Wellington, was a parliamentary electorate in Wellington, New Zealand. It existed from 1853 to 1905 with a break in the 1880s. It was a multi-member electorate. The electorate was represented, over the years, by 24 Members of Parliament.

Wellington North was, from 1905 to 1946, a parliamentary electorate within the area encompassing New Zealand's capital, Wellington. The electorate was represented by four Members of Parliament.

Peter Fraser New Zealand politician

Peter Fraser was a New Zealand politician who served as the 24th Prime Minister of New Zealand from 27 March 1940 until 13 December 1949. Considered a major figure in the history of the New Zealand Labour Party, he was in office longer than any other Labour prime minister, and is to date New Zealand's fourth-longest-serving head of government.

The first elected MMP representative was ACT Party leader Richard Prebble, controversially elected in 1996 after National Party leader Jim Bolger indicated that National voters should give their electorate vote to Prebble, rather than to National candidate Mark Thomas, in order for ACT to get into parliament. Prebble would eventually become the third representative from Wellington Central in three elections to face defeat after a single term in office. Labour's Marian Hobbs held the seat from 1999, when she defeated Prebble, until 2008, when she retired. Grant Robertson retained Labour's hold on the seat in 2008 and has held the seat since.

A documentary, Campaign, produced by Tony Sutorius, highlighted the events surrounding the 1996 campaign in the electorate. [2]

Members of Parliament

Key

  New Liberal     Independent     Reform     Liberal   
  Labour     National     ACT     Green   
ElectionWinner
1905 election Francis Fisher
1908 election
1911 election
1914 election Robert Fletcher
1918 by-election Peter Fraser
1919 election
1922 election
1925 election
1928 election
1931 election
1935 election
1938 election
1943 election
1946 election Charles Henry Chapman
1949 election
1951 election
1954 election Frank Kitts
1957 election
1960 election Dan Riddiford
1963 election
1966 election
1969 election
1972 election Ken Comber
1975 election
1978 election
1981 election Fran Wilde
1984 election
1987 election
1990 election
1992 by-election Chris Laidlaw
(electorate abolished 1993–1996, see Wellington-Karori)
1996 election Richard Prebble
1999 election Marian Hobbs
2002 election
2005 election
2008 election Grant Robertson
2011 election
2014 election
2017 election

List MPs

Members of Parliament elected from party lists in elections where that person also unsuccessfully contested the Wellington Central electorate. Unless otherwise stated, all MPs terms began and ended at general elections.

ElectionWinner
1999 election Richard Prebble
2002 election Stephen Franks
Sue Kedgley
2005 election Mark Blumsky
Sue Kedgley
2008 election Sue Kedgley
Heather Roy
2013 Paul Foster-Bell 1
2014 election James Shaw
Paul Foster-Bell
2017 election James Shaw
2018 Nicola Willis 2

1Foster-Bell was elected from the party list in May 2013 following the resignation of Jackie Blue.
2Willis was elected from the party list in April 2018 following the resignation of Steven Joyce.

Election results

2017 election

2017 general election: Wellington Central [3]
Notes:

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 Green check.svgY Grant Robertson 20,87349.26−2.3816,50038.29+14.51
National Nicola Willis 10,91025.75−4.3413,15630.53−7.01
Green James Shaw 6,52015.39+2.159,19821.34−8.16
Opportunities Geoff Simmons 2,8926.822,5385.89
NZ First Andy Foster 7971.88+0.379722.26−1.32
Independent Gayaal Iddamalgoda1610.38
ACT Michael Warren1310.313300.77+0.07
Independent Peter Robinson710.17−0.11
Independent Bob Wessex190.04
Māori  2250.52−0.25
Legalise Cannabis  550.13−0.19
Conservative  290.07−1.44
United Future  280.06−0.24
Mana  140.03−1.45 [lower-alpha 1]
Ban 1080  130.03−0.02
Outdoors  110.03
People's Party  100.03
Internet  90.02−1.46 [lower-alpha 2]
Democrats  60.01−0.06
Informal votes19472
Total Valid votes42,37443,094
Turnout 43,16686.56 [4] +2.42
Labour holdMajority9,96323.51+1.95

2014 election

2014 general election: Wellington Central [5]
Notes:

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 Green check.svgY Grant Robertson 19,80751.64+2.499,30623.78-2.78
National Paul Foster-Bell 11,54030.09-2.4214,68937.54-0.88
Green James Shaw 5,07713.24-0.3911,54529.50+1.81
NZ First Hugh Barr5801.51+0.781,3993.58+0.70
Legalise Cannabis Alistair Gregory3530.92-0.131270.32-0.09
Conservative Brian Hooper3070.80+0.185901.51+0.82
Internet Callum Valentine2170.57+0.57
Independent Peter Robinson900.23+0.23
Democrats James Knuckey570.15+0.15260.07+0.03
Independent Puhi Karena520.14+0.06
Internet Mana  5781.48+0.85 [lower-alpha 3]
Māori  3000.77+0.06
ACT  2740.70-0.47
United Future  1170.30-0.35
Civilian  490.13+0.13
Ban 1080  200.05+0.05
Focus  50.01+0.01
Independent Coalition  50.01+0.01
Informal votes273101
Total Valid votes38,35339,131
Turnout 39,23284.14+2.33
Labour holdMajority8,26721.56+4.92

2011 election

2011 general election: Wellington Central [6]
Notes:

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 Green check.svgY Grant Robertson 18,83649.15+6.9710,45926.56-8.01
National Paul Foster-Bell 12,46032.51-4.9615,12838.42+3.01
Green James Shaw 5,22513.63-1.1410,90327.69+7.08
ACT Stephen Whittington4121.07-1.214621.17-2.78
Legalise Cannabis Michael Appleby 4041.05+0.051610.41+0.15
NZ First Ben Craven2790.73+0.731,1322.88+1.35
Pirate Gynn Rickerby2770.72+0.72
Conservative Paul Stipkovits2360.62+0.622700.69+0.69
Libertarianz Reagan Cutting690.18-0.01400.10-0.01
Alliance Kelly Buchanan520.14+0.14180.05-0.003
New Economics Laurence Boomert440.11+0.11
Independent Puhi Karena320.08+0.08
Māori  2780.71-0.15
United Future  2560.65-0.35
Mana  2500.63+0.63
Democrats  150.04+0.03
Informal votes411153
Total Valid votes38,32639,372
Labour holdMajority6,37616.64+11.92

Electorate (as at 26 November 2011): 48,316 [7]

2008 election

2008 general election: Wellington Central [8]
Notes:

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 Grant Robertson 17,04642.1814,24434.57
National Stephen Franks 15,14237.4714,58935.41
Green Sue Kedgley 5,97114.788,49420.62
ACT Heather Roy 9222.281,6283.95
Legalise Cannabis Michael Appleby 4071.011080.26
United Future Vaughan Smith2260.564121.00
Workers Party Don Franks1710.42380.09
Progressive David Somerset1410.352720.66
Kiwi Rebekah Clement1060.26840.20
Libertarianz Bernard Darnton 750.19480.12
RAM Grant Brookes610.15130.03
Independent Al Mansell580.14
RONZ Justin Harnish460.1150.01
Alliance Richard Wallis390.10200.05
NZ First  6291.53
Māori  3510.85
Bill and Ben  2150.52
Family Party  380.09
Pacific  80.02
Democrats  40.01
Informal votes22986
Total Valid votes40,41141,200
Labour holdMajority1,904

2005 election

2005 general election: Wellington Central [9]
Notes:

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 Green check.svgY Marian Hobbs 20,19949.32+8.2617,93643.26
National Mark Blumsky 14,01934.23+4.6913,51332.59
Green Sue Kedgley 3,7379.12-3.936,53015.75
ACT Stephen Franks 1,2543.068482.05
United Future Fiona McKenzie5931.451,0682.58
Legalise Cannabis Michael Appleby 4261.04980.24
Progressive David Somerset1730.263090.75
Anti-Capitalist Alliance Stephen Hay1070.26
Libertarianz Bernard Darnton 790.19420.10
Alliance Kane O'Connell790.19350.08
NZ First  7071.71
Māori  1680.41
Destiny  670.16
Christian Heritage  240.06
Democrats  100.02
99 MP  80.02
RONZ  40.01
Family Rights  30.01
Direct Democracy  20.00
One NZ  10.00
Informal votes28886
Total Valid votes40,95441,459
Labour holdMajority6,18015.09+3.57

1999 election

1999 general election: Wellington Central [10] [11]
Notes:

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 Marian Hobbs 17,47048.37+18.1211,96032.71+6.41
ACT Red x.svgN Richard Prebble 15,98844.27+9.492,8077.68+1.07
Legalise Cannabis Michael Appleby 7872.18+0.935821.59-0.63
Future NZ Anthony Walton 3941.092970.81
United NZ Kent Clark3240.90-4.643941.08-1.72
NZ First Jonathan Mosen3080.85+0.665071.39-0.32
Christian Heritage Leona Emberson-Ready2260.63-0.103150.86-1.51 [lower-alpha 4]
McGillicuddy Serious Amy Ross2180.60+0.23690.19-0.10
Independent Marion Smith2180.60
Independent Lea Barker760.21
Asia Pacific Bihua Fu560.16+0.0200.00-0.07
Natural Law Daniel Meares500.14+0.01360.10-0.01
National  13,08635.79-9.88
Green  3,5439.69
Alliance  2,7877.62-1.54
Libertarianz  780.21+0.16
Animals First  430.12-0.05
Mauri Pacific  210.06
Mana Māori  110.03-0.08
NMP  100.03
South Island  80.02
Republican  30.01
Freedom Movement  20.01
People's Choice  20.01
One NZ  10.00
Informal votes631184
Total Valid votes36,11536,562
Labour gain from ACT Majority1,4824.10+13.81

1996 election

The 1996 election, the first under the new electoral system MMP, saw ACT candidate and former Labour Cabinet Minister Richard Prebble compete against Wellington-Karori MP Pauline Gardiner standing for United New Zealand, the National party candidate Mark Thomas, Labour's Alick Shaw and Danna Glendining for the Alliance.

The election campaign saw Prime Minister Jim Bolger endorse Richard Prebble shortly before the election in preference to Thomas. The events were captured in the movie campaign. [12] The electorate was won by Richard Prebble. [13]

1996 general election: Wellington Central [13]
Notes:

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%±%
ACT Richard Prebble 14,26934.782,7176.61
Labour Alick Shaw12,40930.25-11.7010,81626.30
National Mark Thomas8,79421.44-22.5118,78045.67
United NZ Red x.svgN Pauline Gardiner 2,2335.541,1512.80
Alliance Danna Glendining1,3563.31-5.793,7669.16
Legalise Cannabis Michael Appleby 5131.259122.22
NZ First Sarah Porter4801.177071.71
Christian Coalition Robin Corner3000.73-0.239732.37
Independent Andy Foster 2140.19-2.54
McGillicuddy Serious Ross Gardner1510.37-0.531210.29
Progressive Green Alison Davis1370.331210.29
Asia Pacific Rama Ramanathan590.14270.07
Natural Law Daniel Meares540.13-0.28470.11
Mana Māori Waiariki Grace270.13470.11
Libertarianz Nikolas Haden190.05210.05
Independent Peter Franklin Robinson110.03
Animals First  690.17
Ethnic Minority  230.06
Superannuitants & Youth  140.03
Green Society  110.03
Advance NZ100.02
Conservatives  60.01
Te Tawharau  00.00
Informal votes203109
Total Valid votes41,02641,120
ACT win new seatMajority1,86015.09

1992 by-election

1992 Wellington Central by-election
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour Chris Laidlaw 6,075 38.83 -2.55
National Pauline Gardiner 5,22033.37-6.90
Alliance Denis Welch3,40721.78+4.361
Independent David Stevenson3892.49
Natural Law Ian Douglas2631.68
Christian Heritage Wayne Chapman1540.98
Independent Tim Shadbolt 640.41
Wizard PartyAnthony Catford400.26
Values John Carter170.11
Communist League Felicty Coggan140.09
Christ's Ambassadors UnionVictor Bryers10.01
Majority8555.47+4.34
Turnout 15,64463.302-25.372
Labour hold Swing

1990 election

1990 general election: Wellington Central [14]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour Fran Wilde 9,069 41.39 -13.15
National Pauline Gardiner 8,82340.26
Green Stephen Rainbow 3,16414.45
NewLabour Jeff Montgomery6042.76
McGillicuddy Serious P P Clarke1750.80
Democrats R Henderson490.22
Communist League Janet Roth290.13
Majority2461.12-20.55
Turnout 21,91388.67-1.43
Registered electors 24,714

1987 election

1987 general election: Wellington Central [15]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour Fran Wilde 13,064 54.54 +6.27
National John Feast7,87332.87+14.11
Democrats M D Binney3981.66
McGillicuddy Serious Mark Servian1600.66
Wizard PartyAnthony Catford840.35+0.04
Majority5,19121.67+4.51
Turnout 21,57990.10-5.07
Registered electors 23,949

1984 election

1984 general election: Wellington Central [15]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour Fran Wilde 11,579 48.27 +0.13
National Rosemary Young-Rouse7,46331.11
NZ Party John Feast4,50118.76
Social Credit Murray Belchamber3141.30
Wizard PartyAnthony Catford760.31-0.03
Independent D S Matthews510.21
Majority4,11617.16+11.40
Turnout 23,98495.17+3.97
Registered electors 25,200

1981 election

1981 general election: Wellington Central [15]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour Fran Wilde 10,719 48.14
National Ken Comber 9,43642.38-2.39
Social Credit Malcolm Ross1,8988.52
Independent W R A Manson900.40
Wizard PartyAnthony Catford760.34
Independent J F Stuart430.19
Majority1,2835.76
Turnout 22,26291.20+36.04
Registered electors 24,410

1978 election

1978 general election: Wellington Central [15]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
National Ken Comber 9,741 44.77 -3.38
Labour Neville Pickering 8,82540.56
Social Credit Ron England1,8938.70+6.35
Values Karen Roper1,2175.59
Tory Mark Gregory Robinson510.23
Progressive KiwiDavid Mitchell290.13+0.07
Majority9164.21-1.21
Turnout 21,75655.16-20.88
Registered electors 39,435

1975 election

1975 general election: Wellington Central [15]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
National Ken Comber 9,553 48.15 +3.27
Labour David Shand 8,47742.73-2.00
Values Des Kelly1,3266.68
Social Credit Ron England4672.35
Progressive KiwiDavid Mitchell130.06-0.47
Majority1,0765.42+5.28
Turnout 19,83676.04-82.56
Registered electors 26,083

1972 election

1972 general election: Wellington Central [15]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
National Ken Comber 8,088 44.88
Labour David Shand 8,06144.73
Values Bob Overend1,2326.83
Social Credit William Roy Hill4552.52
New Democratic David Mitchell970.53
Independent Kevin Alan Brown870.48
Majority270.14
Turnout 18,02089.60+3.85
Registered electors 20,111

1969 election

1969 general election: Wellington Central [16]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
National Dan Riddiford 8,467 51.61 -0.79
Labour Olive Smuts-Kennedy 6,26738.20
Social Credit Godfrey Healy8425.13-0.15
Independent Mike Mitchell4892.98
Independent Harry Low2641.60
Socialist Action George Fyson760.46
Majority2,20013.41+2.09
Turnout 16,40585.75+5.96
Registered electors 19,131

1966 election

1966 general election: Wellington Central [16]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
National Dan Riddiford 7,927 52.40 -0.26
Labour Rolland O'Regan 6,21441.08
Social Credit Godfrey Healy7995.28
Independent Harry Hughes1851.22
Majority1,71311.32+2.35
Turnout 15,12579.79-8.44
Registered electors 18,954

1963 election

1963 general election: Wellington Central [16]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
National Dan Riddiford 8,852 52.66 +3.57
Labour Frank Kitts 7,34443.69-2.86
Social Credit D T Grooby4092.43
Communist Kenneth Stanton1110.66-0.18
Independent H Trewby920.54
Majority1,5088.97+6.44
Turnout 16,80888.23+3.06
Registered electors 19,049

1960 election

1960 general election: Wellington Central [16]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
National Dan Riddiford 7,373 49.09
Labour Frank Kitts 6,99246.55-6.37
Social Credit Arthur Henry Norris5263.50-0.61
Communist Kenneth Stanton1270.84
Majority3812.53
Turnout 15,01885.17-6.19
Registered electors 17,632

1957 election

1957 general election: Wellington Central [16]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour Frank Kitts 8,980 52.92 +3.45
National Max Wall7,29542.97
Social Credit Arthur Henry Norris6994.11
Majority1,6859.92+5.92
Turnout 16,97491.36+6.06
Registered electors 18,579

1954 election

1954 general election: Wellington Central [16]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour Frank Kitts 7,752 49.47
National Allan Highet 7,12545.47
Social Credit Eric Elliot7915.04
Majority6274.00
Turnout 15,66885.30+2.20
Registered electors 18,367

1951 election

1951 general election: Wellington Central [16]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour Charles Henry Chapman 4,463 51.61 -1.40
National Berta Burns4,18648.39
Majority2773.20-2.80
Turnout 8,64983.10-4.44
Registered electors 10,407

1949 election

1949 general election: Wellington Central [16]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour Charles Henry Chapman 5,078 53.01 -4.82
National Will Appleton 4,50346.99
Majority5756.00-9.67
Turnout 9,58187.54-0.81
Registered electors 10,944

1946 election

1946 general election: Wellington Central [17]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour Charles Henry Chapman 6,201 57.83
National Agnes Louisa Weston [nb 1] 4,52142.17
Majority1,68015.67+7.52
Informal votes960.89-0.60
Turnout 10,81888.35+7.75
Registered electors 12,245

Table footnotes:

  1. Claude Weston died suddenly on 10 November 1946 and was replaced by his wife [18] [19]

1943 election

1943 general election: Wellington Central [20] [21] [22] [21] [22]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour Peter Fraser 6,822 46.12 -16.74
National Will Appleton 5,61637.97+0.83
Independent Colin Scrimgeour 2,25315.23
Independent Julius Hyde1000.68
Majority1,2068.15-17.57
Informal votes2231.49+0.89
Turnout 15,01480.59+6.15
Registered electors 18,629

1938 election

1938 general election: Wellington Central [23]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour Peter Fraser 9,376 62.86 -6.19
National Will Appleton 5,53937.14
Majority3,83725.73-12.37
Informal votes890.59
Turnout 15,00486.74+5.05
Registered electors 17,297

1935 election

1935 general election: Wellington Central [24]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour Peter Fraser 7,673 69.43 12.17
United/Reform Will Mason3,38030.57
Majority4,29338.84+16.41
Turnout 11,053

1931 election

1931 general election: Wellington Central [25]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour Peter Fraser 6,308 57.26 -3.55
United Robert Darroch3,83734.83
Independent Edward William Nicolaus6886.25
Communist Richard Francis Griffin1831.66
Majority2,47122.43-6.17
Informal votes910.82-0.37
Turnout 11,10774.82-8.79
Registered electors 14,845

1928 election

1928 general election: Wellington Central [26] [27]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour Peter Fraser 7,353 60.81
Reform Andrew Sloane3,89532.21
Independent Labour Margaret Young8436.97
Majority3,45828.60
Informal votes1451.19
Turnout 12,23683.61
Registered electors 14,635

1925 election

1925 general election: Wellington Central [28]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour Peter Fraser 5,459 64.02 -0.71
Reform Andrew Sloane3,06935.98
Majority2,39028.02-18.65
Turnout 8,528

1922 election

1922 general election: Wellington Central [29] [30]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour Peter Fraser 5,827 64.73 +7.40
Independent William Bennett1,62518.05
Liberal–Labour Archibald Sievwright1,55017.21
Majority4,20246.67+32.03
Informal votes1021.13
Turnout 9,002

1919 election

1919 general election: Wellington Central [31]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour Peter Fraser 4,486 57.33 +0.79
Liberal Frederick Pirani 3,43042.67
Majority1,14614.64-19.77
Turnout 7,826

1918 by-election

1918 Wellington Central by-election [32]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour Peter Fraser 2,668 56.54
Independent Labour Joe Mack 1,04422.12
Liberal William Hildreth78416.61
Independent Harry Atmore 1853.92
Independent Lindsay John Frederick Garmston290.61
Independent William Cyril Tanner90.19
Majority1,62434.41
Turnout 4,71951.43-33.04
Registered electors 9,176
Labour gain from Liberal Swing

1914 election

1914 general election: Wellington Central [33]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Robert Fletcher 5,208 64.40
Reform Francis Fisher 2,87935.60
Majority2,32928.80
Informal votes841.03
Turnout 8,17184.47
Registered electors 9,673

1911 election

First ballot

1911 general election: Wellington Central [34]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Reform Francis Fisher 2,98739.71
Liberal Robert Fletcher 2,98339.66
Labour William Thomas Young 1,37218.24
Socialist Frank Freeman1802.39
Majority40.05
Informal votes1211.58
Turnout 7,64370.89
Registered electors 10,781

Second ballot

1911 general election: Wellington Central [34]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Reform Francis Fisher 3,813 50.87
Liberal Robert Fletcher 3,68249.13
Majority1311.75
Informal votes190.25
Turnout 7,51469.70
Registered electors 10,781

1905 election

1905 general election: Wellington Central [35]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
New Liberal Francis Fisher 3,142 48.63
Liberal Patrick O'Regan 2,69841.76
Ind. Labour League Albert Cooper2433.76
Informal votes901.39
Majority4446.87
Turnout 6,353

Table footnotes

  1. 2017 Mana Party swing is relative to the votes for Internet-Mana in 2014; it shared a party list with the Internet Party in the 2014 election
  2. 2017 Internet Party swing is relative to the votes for Internet-Mana in 2014; it shared a party list with Mana Party in the 2014 election
  3. 2014 Internet Mana swing is relative to the votes for Mana in 2011; it shared a party list with Internet in the 2014 election.
  4. 1999 Christian Heritage swing is relative to the votes for Christian Coalition in 1996; the Christian Coalition split back into the Christian Heritage Party and Christian Democrats.

Notes

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  2. "Campaign | Film | NZ On Screen". Nzonscreen.com. NZ On Screen. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  3. "Official Count Results (2017) – Wellington Central". Electoral Commission. 7 October 2017.
  4. "Party Votes and Turnout by Electorate". Electoral Commission . Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  5. "Official Count Results (2014) – Wellington Central". Electoral Commission. 10 October 2014.
  6. "Official Count Results – Wellington Central". Electoral Commission. 10 December 2011.
  7. "Enrolment statistics". Electoral Commission. 26 November 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2011.
  8. "2008 election results". 2008.electionresults.govt.nz. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  9. "election result Wellington Central 2005". 2005.electionresults.govt.nz. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  10. "Official Count Results (1999) – Electoral Votes for registered parties by electorate". NZ Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  11. "Official Count Results (1999) – Candidate Vote Details". NZ Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  12. "Campaign – Film – NZ On Screen". Nzonscreen.com. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  13. 1 2 "Wellington 56" (PDF). Electionresults.govt.nz. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  14. Part 1: Votes recorded at each polling place (Technical report). New Zealand Chief Electoral Office. 1990.
  15. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Norton 1988, pp. 387.
  16. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Norton 1988, pp. 386.
  17. "The General Election, 1946". National Library. 1947. p. 11. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  18. Gustafson 1986, p. 389.
  19. "Claude Horace Weston". Auckland War Memorial Museum . Retrieved 28 March 2014.
  20. "The General Election, 1943". National Library. 1944. p. 11. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
  21. 1 2 "Results from all Electorates". Evening Post . CXXXVI (76). 27 September 1943. p. 6. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
  22. 1 2 "City Nominations". Evening Post . CXXXVI (61). 9 September 1943. p. 9. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
  23. "The General Election, 1938". National Library. 1939. pp. 1–6. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  24. The New Zealand Official Year-Book. Government Printer. 1936. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  25. "Declaration of Result of Poll for the Electoral District of Wellington Central". The Evening Post . CXII (140). 10 December 1931. p. 2. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  26. The General Election, 1928. Government Printer. 1929. p. 6. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  27. "Declaration of Result of Poll for the Electoral District of Wellington Central". New Zealand Truth (1200). 29 November 1928. p. 14. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  28. The General Election, 1925. Government Printer. 1926. p. 2. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  29. The New Zealand Official Year-Book. Government Printer. 1924. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  30. Hislop 1923, pp. 1–6.
  31. Hislop, J. (1921). The General Election, 1919. National Library. pp. 1–6. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  32. "A victory for Labour". The Evening Post . XCVI (83). 4 October 1918. p. 3. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
  33. The General Election, 1914. Government Printer. 1915. p. 3. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
  34. 1 2 The General Election, 1914. Government Printer. 1915. p. 7. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
  35. "The General Election, 1905". National Library. 1906. pp. 1–6. Retrieved 8 March 2014.

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