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1928 General Election
Joseph George Ward

Joseph Ward
Gordon Coates

Gordon Coates
Leader Since:
Leaders seat:
Last election:
11 seats
55 seats
Seats Won:
27 seats
27 seats
Popular vote:
Harry Holland (1925)

Harry Holland
Harold Rushworth

Harold Rushworth
Leader Since:
Leaders seat:
Bay of Islands
Last election:
12 seats
party not yet founded
Seats Won:
19 seats
1 seat
Popular vote:

The New Zealand general election of 1928 was held on 13 and 14 November in the Māori and European electorates, respectively, to elect 80 MPs to the 23rd session of the New Zealand Parliament.

1928 was the year postal voting was introduced for certain specified groups (e.g. invalids) who could not get to a polling booth on election day.

In 1927, a faction of the decaying Liberal Party formed a new organisation, which was eventually named the United Party. In 1928, to the considerable surprise of most observers and many members of the party itself, United won a considerable victory, taking Auckland East and Grey Lynn from Labour. The United Government came to power, and Labour, the official opposition since 1926, was replaced by Reform.

The electionEdit

The 1928 election was held on Tuesday, 13 November in the Māori electorates, and on Wednesday, 14 November in the general electorates to elect a total of 80 MPs to the 23rd session of Parliament. A total of 844,633 electors were registered on the European roll, of which 743,691 (88.05%) turned out to vote.[1] All 80 electorates were contested. 47 and 29 electorates were in the North Island and South Island, respectively, plus the 4 Māori electorates.

Result by partyEdit

The table below shows the result of the 1928 election. The Bay of Islands electorate went to Harold Rushworth of the Country Party after a recount of the votes, but the election was declared void January 1929. Rushworth won the resulting by-election.

Election results
Party Candidates Total votes Percentage Seats won Change
Reform Party 74 271,259 35.87 27 -27
United Party 60 228,438 30.20 27 +16
Labour 59 197,953 26.17 19 +7
Country Party 5 11,990 1.59 1 +1
Ratana 3 4,924 0.65 0 ±0
Independents 30 41,767 5.52 6 +3
Total 231 756,331 80


  1. General elections 1853-2005 - dates & turnout. Elections New Zealand. Retrieved on 12 January 2011.
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