- New Zealand general election, 1908
1908 general election 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 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 8 9 Popular vote N/A N/A Percentage N/A N/A Swing N/A N/A
Prime Minister before election
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.
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The Second Ballot Act of 1908, which did not apply to the Maori electorates, was repealed in 1913.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
Summary of Changes
- A boundary redistribution resulted in the abolition of seven seats:
- At the same time, seven new seats came into being:
- Dunedin West
- Wellington South
- Wellington Suburbs
- ^ "General elections 1853-2005 - dates & turnout". Elections New Zealand. http://www.elections.org.nz/elections/resultsdata/elections-dates-turnout.html. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
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