Taieri (New Zealand electorate)

Taieri is a parliamentary electorate in the Otago region of New Zealand, initially from 1866 to 1911, and was later recreated during the 2019/20 electoral redistribution ahead of the 2020 election.[1][2]

Population centres

First incarnation

In the 1865 electoral redistribution, the House of Representatives focussed its review of electorates to South Island electorates only, as the Central Otago Gold Rush had caused significant population growth, and a redistribution of the existing population. Fifteen additional South Island electorates were created, including Taieri, and the number of Members of Parliament was increased by 13 to 70.[3]

This electorate was based on the town of Mosgiel.[4]

Second incarnation

The seat was recreated for the 2020 general election by renaming the electorate of Dunedin South and amending its borders, particularly with a large area around the Clutha River and South Otago added from Clutha-Southland.[5][2] This is due to a rate of population growth below the South Island average in Dunedin that means it can no longer fully support two electorates.[6] The current electorate of Taieri has an area stretching from South Dunedin to Balclutha.[7]

The previous electorate of Dunedin South had been held by the Labour Party since its creation in 1996, and specifically by Clare Curran since 2008. However, the new boundaries for Taieri include more rural areas,[8] and Curran announced in 2019 that she would not be seeking reelection in 2020.[9]


The Taieri electorate was first established for the 1866 general election for the 4th New Zealand Parliament.

Donald Reid was the first representative.[10] He resigned in 1869 and was succeeded by Henry Howorth. Reid was re-elected at the 1871 general election, and elected unopposed in the 1875 general election that was held on 29 December.[11] Reid resigned once again in 1878,[12] and was succeeded by William Cutten. Reid's son, also called Donald Reid, represented the electorate 1902–08.[13]

All other members retired at the end of their representation. When the electorate was abolished in 1911, Thomas Mackenzie stood successfully for Egmont.

Members of Parliament

Taieri was represented by seven Members of Parliament:[14]


 Independent    Liberal    Conservative    Labour  

Election results

1899 election

1899 general election: Taieri [15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Walter Carncross 1,927 56.78 -2.17
Conservative Alexander Campbell Begg[16] 1,467 43.22
Majority 460 13.55 -4.34
Turnout 3,394 75.07 +1.22
Registered electors 4,521

1890 election

1890 general election: Taieri [17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Walter Carncross 548 38.87
Independent William Snow 424 30.07
Independent William Barron 320 22.70
Independent Arthur John Burns 118 8.37
Majority 124 8.79
Turnout 1,410 69.73
Registered electors 2,022

1878 by-election

1878 Taieri by-election [18] [19] [20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent William Cutten 234 33.86
Independent William Snow 232
Independent Mr Barron 225 32.56
Majority 2 0.29
Turnout 691

1869 by-election

1869 Taieri by-election [21] [22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Henry Howorth 70 32.56
Independent Thomas Culling 57 26.51
Independent William Murray[23] 53 24.65
Independent John Sibbald 24 11.16
Independent Alexander Rennie 11 5.12
Independent James McIndoe 0 0
Turnout 215
Majority 13 6.05

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