New Zealand general election, 1896

New Zealand general election, 1896
1896 general election
New Zealand
1893 ←
4 (general) & 19 December (Māori) 1896
→ 1899

All 74 seats in the New Zealand House of Representatives
38 seats were needed for a majority
Turnout 76.1%
  First party Second party
  RichardSeddon1905.jpg No image.png
Leader Richard Seddon No Leader
Party Liberal Independent
Leader since 1893
Leader's seat Westland
Last election 51 seats 23 seats
Seats won 39 35
Seat change decrease 12 increase 12
Popular vote N/A N/A
Percentage N/A N/A
Swing N/A N/A

Prime Minister before election

Richard Seddon

Prime Minister-designate

Richard Seddon

The New Zealand general election of 1896 was held on Wednesday, 4 December in the general electorates, and on Thursday, 19 December in the Māori electorates to elect a total of 74 MPs to the 13th session of the New Zealand Parliament. A total number of 337,024 (76.1%) voters turned out to vote.[1]

1896 was the year the limit of £200 was placed on each candidate's campaign spending.


The following table lists the results of the general election:[2]

Electorate Incumbent Winner Second Place
Ashburton John McLachlan Edward G Wright John McLachlan
Ashley Richard Meredith Richard Meredith Henry Fear Reece
Avon William Tanner William Tanner G McIntyre
Awarua Joseph Ward Joseph Ward C Cowan
Bay of Islands Robert Houston Robert Houston John Press
Bay of Plenty William Kelly William Herries William Kelly
Bruce James Allen James Allen W Auld
Buller Roderick McKenzie Patrick O'Regan James Colvin
Caversham Arthur Morrison Arthur Morrison Thomas Sidey
City of Auckland
(3 members)
Thomas Thompson Thomas Thompson N/A
Charles Button James Holland N/A
William Crowther William Crowther N/A
City of Christchurch
(3 members)
Charles Lewis Charles Lewis N/A
George Smith George Smith N/A
William Whitehouse Collins Tommy Taylor N/A
City of Dunedin
(3 members)
William Earnshaw Henry Fish N/A
William Hutchison John A. Millar N/A
David Pinkerton Mackay John Scobie McKenzie N/A
City of Nelson John Graham John Graham Jesse Piper
City of Wellington
(3 members)
Francis Bell John Hutcheson N/A
Robert Stout Robert Stout N/A
John Duthie George Fisher N/A
Clutha Thomas Mackenzie James Thomson John Edie
Eastern Maori Wi Pere Wi Pere Tamati Tautuhi
Eden Edwin Mitchelson John Bollard Jackson Palmer
Egmont Felix McGuire Walter Symes W Monkhouse
Ellesmere William Hugh Montgomery William Hugh Montgomery F A Anson
Franklin Benjamin Harris William Massey Benjamin Harris
Geraldine New Electorate Frederick Flatman Arthur Rhodes
Grey Arthur Guinness Arthur Guinness R F Bell
Hawera New Electorate Felix McGuire B C Robbins
Hawke's Bay William Russell William Russell A L D Fraser
Invercargill James Whyte Kelly James Whyte Kelly J Sinclair
Kaiapoi David Buddo Richard Moore David Buddo
Lyttelton John Joyce John Joyce W Jacques
Manawatu New Electorate John Stevens R C Bruce
Manukau George O'Rorke George O'Rorke W F Buckland
Marsden Robert Thompson Robert Thompson A H Mason
Masterton Alexander Wilson Hogg Alexander Wilson Hogg D J Duncan
Mataura Robert McNab George Richardson Robert McNab
Motueka New Electorate Roderick McKenzie Richmond Hursthouse
Napier Samuel Carnell Robert D D McLean Samuel Carnell
Northern Maori Hone Heke Hone Heke Eparaima Te Mutu Kapa
Oamaru Thomas Duncan Thomas Duncan J D Sievwright
Ohinemuri New Electorate Alfred Cadman E Edwards
Otaki James Glenny Wilson Henry Augustus Field Alfred Newman
Pahiatua New Electorate John O'Meara R Manisty
Palmerston Frederick Pirani Frederick Pirani D Buick
Parnell Frank Lawry Frank Lawry S Vaile
Patea George Hutchison George Hutchison Arthur Remington
Rangitikei John Stevens Frank Yates Lethbridge W A L Bailey
Riccarton George Russell William Rolleston George Russell
Selwyn Alfred Saunders Cathcart Wason Alfred Saunders
Southern Maori Tame Parata Tame Parata Tame Rangiwahia Erihana
Suburbs of Wellington Alfred Newman Thomas Mason Wilford Thomas William Hislop
Taieri Walter Carncross Walter Carncross J Graham
Taranaki New Electorate Henry Brown Edward Metcalf Smith
Thames James McGowan James McGowan E H Taylor
Timaru William Hall-Jones William Hall-Jones F H Smith
Tuapeka William Larnach William Larnach C C Rawlins
Waiapu James Carroll James Carroll C A Fitzroy
Waihemo John McKenzie John McKenzie John Duncan
Waikato Alfred Cadman Frederic William Lang E Walker
Waikouaiti James Green Edmund Allen J J Ramsay
Waipawa Charles Hall George Hunter Charles Hall
Wairarapa Walter Clarke Buchanan Walter Clarke Buchanan John Hornsby
Wairau Thomas Buick Charles Mills Thomas Buick
Waitaki William Steward William Steward D Sutherland
Waitemata William Massey Richard Monk W H H Jackman
Wakatipu William Fraser William Fraser J George
Wallace James Mackintosh Michael Gilfedder T Neave
Wanganui Archibald Willis Gilbert Carson Archibald Willis
Western Maori Ropata te Ao Henare Kaihau Ropata te Ao
Westland Richard Seddon Richard Seddon J Grimmond

The election of Thomas Wilford for the electorate of Suburbs of Wellington was declared void by an election petition on the grounds of corrupt and illegal practices. Charles Wilson was elected MP for that electorate following a by-election on 23 April 1897.

Summary of Changes

  • A boundary redistribution resulted in the abolition of seven seats:
    • Chalmers, held by John Andrew Millar
    • Inangahua, held by Patrick O'Regan
    • New Plymouth, held by Edward Metcalf Smith
    • Pareora, held by Frederick Flatman
    • Rangitata, held by William Maslin
    • Waimea-Sounds, held by Charles Mills
    • Waipa, held by Frederic Lang
  • At the same time, seven new seats came into being:
    • Geraldine
    • Hawera
    • Manawatu
    • Motueka
    • Ohinemuri
    • Pahiatua
    • Taranaki


  1. ^ "General elections 1853-2005 - dates & turnout". Elections New Zealand. Retrieved 11 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Elections". Christchurch: The Star. Issue 5739, 5 December 1896. pp. 6. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 

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