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Oamaru (New Zealand electorate)
The previous electoral redistribution was undertaken in 1875 for the 1875–1876 election. In the six years since, New Zealand's European population had increased by 65%. In the 1881 electoral redistribution, the House of Representatives increased the number of European representatives to 91 (up from 84 since the 1875–76 election). The number of Māori electorates was held at four. The House further decided that electorates should not have more than one representative, which led to 35 new electorates being formed, and two electorates that had previously been abolished to be recreated, including Oamaru. This necessitated a major disruption to existing boundaries.
Through an amendment in the Electoral Act in 1965, the number of electorates in the South Island was fixed at 25, an increase of one since the 1962 electoral redistribution. It was accepted that through the more rapid population growth in the North Island, the number of its electorates would continue to increase, and to keep proportionality, three new electorates were allowed for in the 1967 electoral redistribution for the next election. In the North Island, five electorates were newly created and one electorate was reconstituted while three electorates were abolished. In the South Island, three electorates were newly created and one electorate (Oamaru) was reconstituted while three electorates were abolished. The overall effect of the required changes was highly disruptive to existing electorates, with all but three electorates having their boundaries altered. These changes came into effect with the 1969 election.
The electorate was centred on the town of Oamaru.
Robert Campbell was the first representative, who served from the 1866 general election to 9 April 1869, when he resigned. Charles Christie Graham won the resulting 1869 by-election; he retired at the end of the term in 1870. The electorate was abolished at the end of the 4th Parliament.
Samuel Shrimski won the 1881 general election in the reconstituted electorate against James Hassell, one of the pioneers of Oamaru. In the 1884 general election, he defeated Viscount Reidhaven (who later became the Earl of Seafield when he succeeded his father). Shrimski resigned on 28 March 1885 and was appointed to the Legislative Council on 15 May 1885.
Thomas William Hislop won the 1885 by-election. Hislop, William Henry Frith and John Church contested the 1887 election and received 581, 345 and 100 votes, respectively. Hislop represented the electorate until 5 September 1889, when he resigned. He won the resulting 1889 by-election, but was defeated by Thomas Young Duncan at the 1890 general election.
Members of Parliament
|1866 election||Robert Campbell|
|1869 by-election||Charles Graham|
|(Electorate abolished 1870–1881, see Waitaki)|
|1881 election||Samuel Shrimski|
|1885 by-election||Thomas Hislop|
|1890 election||Thomas Duncan|
|1911 election||Ernest Lee|
|1922 election||John MacPherson|
|1925 election||Ernest Lee|
|1928 election||John MacPherson|
|1935 election||Arnold Nordmeyer|
|1949 election||Thomas Hayman|
|(Electorate abolished 1957–1969, see Waitaki)|
|1969 election||Allan Dick|
|1972 election||Bill Laney|
|1975 election||Jonathan Elworthy|
|(Electorate abolished in 1978; see Waitaki)|
|Social Credit||D McLean||1,713||9.0||-1.9|
|Values||Ms G I Morgan||462||2.4||+1.4|
|Social Credit||Alexander Familton||1,881||10.9||-1.7|
|Values||J R Perkins||176||1.0||+1.0|
|New Democratic||H E Mitchell||55||0.3||+0.3|
|Social Credit||B R Milmine||1,974||12.6|
|Democratic Labour||Jamie Wedderspoon||75||0.5||+0.5|
|Labour||J H Rapson||5,203||40.3||-5.1|
|Social Credit||F Poole||1,151||8.9||+8.9|
|Labour||C J Ryan||6,421||45.4||-2.1|
|National||Thomas Ross Beatty||6,847||49.0||+2.4|
|Independent Liberal||George Percival Cuttriss||56||0.4||-1.51|
|National||Thomas Ross Beatty||5,026||46.65|
|Democratic Labour||George Barclay||339||3.14|
|People's Movement||George Percival Cuttriss||167||1.55|
|National||Michael Francis Edward Cooney||5,213||46.33|
|Democrat||Herbert Gladstone Hill||948||9.11|
|United||John Andrew MacPherson||3,992||41.47|
|United||John Andrew MacPherson||5,016||51.74|
|Liberal||Thomas Young Duncan||2,141||50.29||-16.44|
|Independent||John Marshall Brown||1,261||29.62|
|Liberal||John Andrew MacPherson||717||16.84||-16.42|
|Conservative||Henry Beloe Crawford||138||3.24|
|Liberal||Thomas Young Duncan||2,500||66.74||+6.65|
|Liberal||John Andrew MacPherson||1,246||33.26|
|Liberal||Thomas Young Duncan||1,611||51.83||-11.68|
|Independent||William Henry Frith||50||1.61|
|Liberal||Thomas Young Duncan||1,105||63.51|
|Conservative||Thomas William Hislop||635||36.49|
|Independent||Thomas William Hislop||549||56.95|
|Independent||Thomas William Hislop||439||53.73%|
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