New Zealand general election, 1908

New Zealand general election, 1908
1908 general election
New Zealand
1905 ←
17 November to 2 December 1908
→ 1911

All 80 seats in the New Zealand House of Representatives
41 seats were needed for a majority
Turnout 79.8%
  First party Second party
  Joseph Ward.jpg No image.png
Leader Joseph Ward No Leader
Party Liberal Independent
Leader since 1906
Leader's seat Awarua
Last election 58 seats 22 seats
Seats won 50 29
Seat change decrease 8 increase 9
Popular vote N/A N/A
Percentage N/A N/A
Swing N/A N/A

Prime Minister before election

Joseph Ward

Prime Minister-designate

Joseph Ward

The New Zealand general election of 1908 was held on Tuesday, 17 November, 24 November and 1 December in the general electorates, and on Wednesday, 2 December in the Māori electorates to elect a total of 80 MPs to the 17th session of the New Zealand Parliament. A total number of 537,003 (79.8%) voters turned out to vote.[1]

The Second Ballot Act 1908 provided for second or runoff ballots between the top two candidates where the top candidate did not get an absolute majority. The second ballot was held seven days after the first ballot except in ten large rural seats, where fourteen days were allowed. In 1908, 22 second ballots were held on 24 November and one (Bay of Plenty) on 1 December. At the 1911 election, all 30 second ballots were held seven days later. Two 1909 by-elections (in Rangitikei and Thames) also required second ballots.

The Second Ballot Act of 1908, which did not apply to the Maori electorates, was repealed in 1913.


Electorate Incumbent Winner Second Place
Ashburton John McLachlan William Nosworthy Frederick Flatman
Auckland Central Alfred Kidd Albert Glover Alfred Kidd
Auckland East Frederick Baume Frederick Baume W Richardson
Auckland West Charles Poole Charles Poole R Thompson
Avon William Tanner George Russell William Tanner
Awarua Joseph Ward Joseph Ward W A Morris
Bay of Islands Robert Houston Vernon Reed J C Johnson
Bay of Plenty William Herbert Herries William MacDonald J B Gow
Bruce James Allen James Allen J Mosley
Buller James Colvin James Colvin Fergus Ferguson Munro
Chalmers Edmund Allen Edward Henry Clark Edmund Allen
Christchurch East Thomas Davey Thomas Davey James McCombs
Christchurch North Charles Matthew Gray Tommy Taylor Charles Matthew Gray
Christchurch South Harry Ell Harry Ell James Thorn
Clutha Alexander Malcolm Alexander Malcolm Frank Isitt
Dunedin Central John A. Millar James Frederick Arnold J McDonald
Dunedin North Alfred Richard Barclay George Thomson Alfred Richard Barclay
Dunedin South James Frederick Arnold Thomas Sidey R R Douglas
Dunedin West New Electorate John A. Millar James Wright Munro
Eastern Maori Apirana Ngata Apirana Ngata Tiki Paaka
Eden John Bollard John Bollard J W Shackelford
Egmont William Thomas Jennings Bradshaw Dive G P Wake
Ellesmere Robert Rhodes Robert Rhodes G Rennie
Franklin William Massey William Massey J W McLarin
Geraldine Frederick Flatman Thomas Buxton W Jeffries
Gisborne New Electorate James Carroll G E Darton
Grey Arthur Guinness Arthur Guinness J Kerr
Grey Lynn George Fowlds George Fowlds O Nicholson
Hawke's Bay Alfred Dillon Alfred Dillon William Russell
Hurunui Andrew Rutherford George Forbes O F Clothier
Hutt Thomas Mason Wilford Thomas Mason Wilford R W Shortt
Invercargill Josiah Hanan Josiah Hanan A A Paape
Kaiapoi David Buddo David Buddo R Moore
Kaipara John Stallworthy John Stallworthy Alfred Harding
Lyttelton George Laurenson George Laurenson Henry Thacker
Manawatu John Stevens Edward Newman John Stevens
Manukau Frederic William Lang Frederic William Lang A A Creamer
Marsden Francis Mander Francis Mander J Harrison
Masterton Alexander Wilson Hogg Alexander Wilson Hogg J Hunter
Mataura Robert McNab George Anderson Robert McNab
Motueka Roderick McKenzie Roderick McKenzie F W G Smith
Napier Alfred Fraser John Vigor Brown Alfred Fraser
Nelson John Graham John Graham Harry Atmore
Northern Maori Hone Heke Hone Heke Hare te Rangi
Oamaru Thomas Young Duncan Thomas Young Duncan J Mitchell
Ohinemuri Hugh Poland Hugh Poland Frederick Haselden
Oroua Frank Yates Lethbridge David Guthrie O C Pleasants
Otaki William Hughes Field William Hughes Field B P Brown
Pahitua Robert Beatson Ross Robert Beatson Ross J C Cooper
Palmerston (now Palmerston North) William Wood David Buick William Wood
Parnell Frank Lawry Frank Lawry Edward George Britton Moss
Patea Walter Symes George Vater Pearce Charles E. Major
Rangitikei Arthur Remington Arthur Remington R W Smith
Riccarton George Witty George Witty George Sheat
Selwyn Charles Hardy Charles Hardy Joseph Ivess
Southern Maori Tame Parata Tame Parata Teone Hopere Wharewiti Uru
Stratford New Electorate John Hine Walter Symes
Taieri Donald Reid Thomas MacKenzie J T Johnson
Taranaki Henry James Okey Henry James Okey William Malone
Taumarunui New Electorate William Thomas Jennings W T Bowater
Tauranga New Electorate William Herbert Herries J A Young
Thames James McGowan James McGowan E Deeble
Timaru William Hall-Jones James Craigie W D Campbell
Tuapeka William Chapple Robert Scott John MacPherson
Waikato Henry Greenslade Henry Greenslade Allen Bell
Waipawa Charles Hall Charles Hall George Hunter
Wairarapa John Hornsby Walter Clarke Buchanan John Hornsby
Wairau Charles Mills John Duncan Robert McArtney
Waitaki William Steward William Steward Francis Henry Smith
Waitemata Ewen Alison Leonard Phillips W J Napier
Wakatipu William Fraser William Fraser A Martin
Wallace John C Thomson John C Thomson D MacPherson
Wanganui James Thomas Hogan James Thomas Hogan George Hutchison
Wellington Central Francis Fisher Francis Fisher Thomas Hislop
Wellington East John Aitken David McLaren Arthur Atkinson
Wellington North Charles Izard Alexander Herdman F G Bolton
Wellington South New Electorate Robert Alexander Wright William Barber
Wellington Suburbs New Electorate John Luke Frank Moore
Western Maori Henare Kaihau Henare Kaihau Pepene Eketone
Westland Tom Seddon Tom Seddon Henry Leslie Michel

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