New Zealand general election, 1925

New Zealand general election, 1925
New Zealand general election, 1925
New Zealand
1922 ←
4 November 1925 (1925-11-04)
→ 1928

All 80 seats in the House of Representatives
41 seats were needed for a majority
Turnout 90.02%
  First party Second party
  Joseph Gordon Coates.jpg Harry Holland (1925).jpg
Leader Gordon Coates Harry Holland
Party Reform Labour
Leader since 1925 1919
Leader's seat Kaipara Buller
Last election 37 seats, 39.4% 17 seats, 23.7%
Seats won 55 12
Seat change increase 18 decrease 5
Popular vote 324,462 184,650
Percentage 47.79% 27.20%
Swing increase 8.39% increase 3.50%

  Third party Fourth party
  George William Forbes.jpg No image.png
Leader George William Forbes Unknown
Party Liberal Country Party
Leader since 1925
Leader's seat Hurunui
Last election 22 seats, 26.3%
Seats won 11 0
Seat change decrease 11 steady 0
Popular vote 152,697 2,398
Percentage 22.49% 0.35%
Swing decrease 3.81%

Prime Minister before election

Gordon Coates

Prime Minister-designate

Gordon Coates

The New Zealand general election of 1925 was held 4 November (the Māori vote had taken place the previous day) to elect a total of 80 MPs to the 22nd session of the New Zealand Parliament. A total number of 678,877 (90.02%) voters turned out to vote.

In 1922, registration as an elector was made compulsory for all those eligible (except Māori).



Gordon Coates continued as Prime Minister, with his Reform Party winning an outright majority of 15.

Party Totals

Party Candidates Total votes Percentage Seats won
Reform 73 324,462 47.30% 55
Labour 58 184,650 26.92% 12
Liberal 53 152,697 22.26% 11
Country Party 5 2,398 0.35% 0
Independent 14 21,785 3.18% 2
Total 203 685,992 80

Electorate Results

Electorate Incumbent Winner Second Place
Ashburton William Nosworthy William Nosworthy J N Harle
Auckland Central Bill Parry Bill Parry C A Wilson
Auckland East John A. Lee John A. Lee J Stewart
Auckland West Michael Joseph Savage Michael Joseph Savage S Oldfield
Avon Dan Sullivan Dan Sullivan W E Leadley
Awarua Philip De la Perrelle John Ronald Hamilton Philip De la Perrelle
Bay of Islands Allen Bell Allen Bell H J Sweeney
Bay of Plenty Kenneth Stuart Williams Kenneth Stuart Williams None
Buller Harry Holland Harry Holland C S Bielby
Chalmers James McColl Dickson James McColl Dickson Michael Connelly
Christchurch East Tim Armstrong Tim Armstrong D F Dennehy
Christchurch North Leonard Isitt Henry Holland Henry Thacker
Christchurch South Ted Howard Ted Howard Harry Ell
Clutha John Edie Fred Waite John Edie
Dunedin Central Charles Statham Charles Statham John Gilchrist
Dunedin North James Wright Munro Harold Livingstone Tapley James Wright Munro
Dunedin South Thomas Sidey Thomas Sidey John McManus
Dunedin West William Downie Stewart William Downie Stewart R Harrison
Eastern Maori Apirana Ngata Apirana Ngata Hone Mokena
Eden Christopher Parr Christopher Parr Rex Mason
Egmont Oswald Hawken Oswald Hawken W C G Green
Ellesmere Heaton Rhodes David Jones Jeremiah Connolly
Franklin Ewen McLennan Ewen McLennan D McClymont
Gisborne William Lysnar William Lysnar David William Coleman
Grey Lynn Frederick Bartram Frederick Bartram Ellen Melville
Hamilton James Young James Young William Lee Martin
Hawke's Bay Gilbert McKay Hugh Campbell Gilbert McKay
Hurunui George Forbes George Forbes J G Armstrong
Hutt Thomas Mason Wilford Thomas Mason Wilford Walter Nash
Invercargill Josiah Hanan Joseph Ward James Hargest
Kaiapoi David Buddo David Buddo W Brock
Kaipara Gordon Coates Gordon Coates Bill Barnard
Lyttelton James McCombs James McCombs Melville Lyons (see note)
Manawatu Joseph Linklater Joseph Linklater Benjamin Roberts
Manukau William Jordan William Jordan John Massey
Marsden Alfred Murdoch William Jones Alfred Murdoch
Masterton George Sykes George Sykes J W Andrews
Mataura George Anderson George Anderson W Hinchey
Motueka Richard Hudson Richard Hudson Mark Fagan
Napier Lewis McIlvride John Mason Lewis McIlvride
Nelson Harry Atmore Harry Atmore A Gilbert
Northern Maori Taurekareka Henare Taurekareka Henare Hone Wi Kaitaia
Oamaru John MacPherson Ernest Lee John MacPherson
Ohinemuri Hugh Poland Albert Samuel Hugh Poland
Oroua David Guthrie John Gordon Eliott John Cobbe
Otaki William Hughes Field William Hughes Field Bob Semple
Pahiatua Ethelbert Ransom Ethelbert Ransom Archibald McNicol
Palmerston James Nash James Nash W Bromley
Parnell James Samuel Dickson James Samuel Dickson R F Way
Patea James Randall Corrigan Harold Dickie James Randall Corrigan
Raglan Richard Bollard Richard Bollard E Piggott
Rangitikei William Spiers Glenn William Spiers Glenn C J Duggan
Riccarton George Witty Herbert Kyle W Cole
Roskill Vivian Harold Potter Vivian Harold Potter Alfred Hall-Skelton
Rotorua Frank Hockly Frank Hockly Cecil Clinkard
Southern Maori Henare Uru Henare Uru Tuiti MacDonald
Stratford Robert Masters Edward Walter Robert Masters
Taranaki Sydney George Smith Charles Emanuel Bellringer Sydney George Smith
Tauranga Charles MacMillan Charles MacMillan Robert Coulter
Temuka Thomas Burnett Thomas Burnett Charles John Talbot
Thames Thomas William Rhodes Thomas William Rhodes W E G Willy
Timaru Francis Rolleston Francis Rolleston Percy Vinnell
Waikato Frederick Lye Daniel Stewart Reid Frederick Lye
Waimarino Frank Langstone Robert William Smith Frank Langstone
Waipawa George Hunter George Hunter W A Chambers
Wairarapa Alexander Donald McLeod Alexander Donald McLeod F T Arkle
Wairau William Girling William Girling Richard McCallum
Waitaki John Bitchener John Bitchener G Barclay
Waitemata Alexander Harris Alexander Harris Arthur George Osborne
Waitomo John Christopher Rolleston John Christopher Rolleston Walter Broadfoot
Wakatipu James Horn James Horn J Ritchie
Wallace John C Thomson Adam Hamilton J M MacKenzie
Wanganui Bill Veitch Bill Veitch J Coull
Wellington Central Peter Fraser Peter Fraser A D Sloane
Wellington East Alec Monteith Thomas Forsyth Alec Monteith
Wellington North John Luke John Luke Henry Ernest Combs
Wellington South Robert McKeen Robert McKeen A B Sievwright
Wellington Suburbs Robert Wright Robert Wright Charles Chapman
Western Maori Maui Pomare Maui Pomare Rangi Mawhete
Westland James O'Brien Tom Seddon James O'Brien

Note: in Lyttelton, Melville Lyons was elected for the Reform Party, but his election was declared void on 13 March 1926, and the previous holder James McCombs was restored as the holder of the electorate.


  • New Zealand Yearbook 1927
  • Chapman, Robert M., The Significance of the 1928 General Election: A Study in Certain Trends in New Zealand Politics During the Nineteen-Twenties. Unpublished thesis, Massey University, Palmerston North, 1948.

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