Patea by-election, 1921

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Patea by-election, 1921

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Turnout 5,481
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Candidate Edwin Dixon William Morrison Lewis McIlvride
Party Reform Liberal Labour
Popular vote 2,620 2,315 546

Member before election

Walter Powdrell

Elected Member

Edwin Dixon

The Patea by-election was a by-election in the New Zealand electorate of Patea, a rural seat on the west coast of the North Island.


The by-election was held on 13 April 1921, and was precipitated by the resignation of sitting Reform MP, Walter Powdrell. The Reform Party chose Edwin Dixon, the Mayor of Hawera, as their official candidate, and apparently Clutha Mackenzie was the their second preference. Earlier, Thomas William McDonald announced his intention to stand for the Reform Party, however left without contesting the by-election.[1][2]

Labour candidate Lewis McIlvride polled a small vote compared to Dixon and Morrison, however he was the only one of the three candidates who increased the vote for his party compared with 1919 and was rewarded with contesting a winnable seat in 1922 in Napier, which he won.[3]


The following table gives the election results:

Patea by-election, 1921[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Reform Edwin Dixon 2,620 47.80
Liberal William Morrison 2,315 42.23 -24.37
Labour Lewis McIlvride 546 9.96
Majority 305 5.56
Turnout 5,481


  1. ^ "The Patea Seat". Hawera & Normanby Star. XLI. 15 March 1921. p. 7. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Patea By-Election". The New Zealand Herald. LVIII (17734). 19 March 1921. p. 6. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "The Herald". Alexandra Herald and Central Otago Gazette. 4 May 1921. p. 2. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Patea by-election". The Northern Advocate. 14 April 1921. p. 2. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 
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