1922 Southern Maori by-election

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Southern Maori by-election, 1922

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MP before election

John Uru

Elected MP

Henare Uru

The Southern Maori by-election of 1922 was a by-election during the 20th New Zealand Parliament. The election was held on 25 January 1922,[1] i.e. before the 1922 general election, which was held on 7 December.

The seat of Southern Maori became vacant following the death of the sitting member John Hopere Wharewiti Uru on 29 November 1921.[1]

Four candidates contested the seat, which was won by the younger brother of the deceased member, Henry Whakatau Uru,[1] known as Harry. He was a native agent, 49 years old, and born in Kaiapoi.

According to the local Christchurch newspaper, The Press of Thursday, 26 January 1922 (page 6), the new member was a supporter of the Reform government led by William Massey, not an Independent as it had stated the day before, when Teone Erihana was described as a 'Government' candidate and all the others as 'Independent'.

The election result given by The Press was two votes higher than the official result published in the New Zealand Gazette of 9 February (page 440) i.e. 814 not 812, with Uru as 365 not 364 and Pitama as 109 not 108. Although electoral rolls of eligible voters were not published for Maori seats, The Press said that proportion voting was higher than in European seats, as the number on the roll was just over 1000.


The following table gives the election results:

1922 Southern Maori by-election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Reform Henare Uru 364 44.83
Independent Teone Matapura Erihana 250 30.79 +16.69
Independent Wereta Tainui Pitama 108 13.30
Independent William Daniel Barrett 90 11.08
Turnout 812
Majority 114 14.04 -16.05


  1. ^ a b c Scholefield 1950, p. 144.


  • Scholefield, Guy (1950) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer.

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