Waikaia (New Zealand electorate)

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Waikaia was a parliamentary electorate in the Southland Region of New Zealand, from 1871 to 1881, and then from 1887 to 1890.


The electorate was formed for the 1871 election.[1] James Benn Bradshaw was the first representative; he retired at the end of the parliamentary term in 1875.[2] Bradshaw was succeeded by Horace Bastings, who was elected on 14 January 1876 and who retired at the end of the parliamentary term in 1879.[3] George Ireland was Bastings' successor in the 1879 election; Ireland died on 15 August 1880 while in office.[4] The resulting 1880 by-election was won by Bastings.[3] The Waikaia electorate was abolished in 1881.[1] Bastings stood in the Dunedin Central electorate in the 1881 election and was defeated.[3]

The Waikaia electorate was re-established for the 1887 election,[1] which was won by Hugh Valentine. He served until the end of the term in 1990[5] when the electorate was abolished again.[1] Valentine contested the Tuapeka electorate in the 1890 election and was successful.[5]

Election results

The electorate was represented by four Members of Parliament:



Election Winner
1871 election James Bradshaw
1876 election Horace Bastings
1879 election George Ireland
1880 by-election Horace Bastings
(Electorate abolished 1881–1887)
1887 election Hugh Valentine


  1. ^ a b c d Scholefield 1950, p. 164.
  2. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 96.
  3. ^ a b c Wilson 1985, p. 183.
  4. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 207.
  5. ^ a b Scholefield 1950, p. 145.


  • Scholefield, Guy (1950) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer.
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
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