New Zealand general election, 1879

New Zealand general election, 1879
1879 general election
New Zealand
1875–76 ←
28 August – 15 September 1879
→ 1881

All 88 seats in the New Zealand House of Representatives
Turnout 66.5%
  First party

  Sir John Hall, ca 1880.jpg

Leader John Hall
Party Independent

Leader's seat Selwyn
Last election 88 seats
Seats won 88
Seat change steady
Popular vote N/A
Percentage N/A
Swing N/A

Prime Minister before election

George Grey

Prime Minister-designate

John Hall

The New Zealand general election of 1879 was held between 28 August and 15 September to elect a total of 88 MPs to the 7th session of the New Zealand Parliament. The Māori vote was held on 1 and 8 September. A total number of 82,271 (66%) voters turned out to vote.[1]

The election came about when George Grey's government was defeated in a no-confidence motion in July. He successfully requested a dissolution from the Governor of New Zealand, Sir Hercules Robinson.[2]

In that year, responsibility for determining election petitions was transferred from Parliament to the courts.


  1. ^ "General elections 1853-2005 - dates & turnout". Elections New Zealand. Retrieved 12 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Martin, John E.(2004) "The House: New Zealand's House of Representatives, 1854-2004", Palmerston North: Dunmore Press, p.80

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