1993 Tauranga by-election

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1993 Tauranga by-election

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Candidate Winston Peters Greg Pittams
Party Independent McGillicuddy Serious
Popular vote 11,458 271
Percentage 90.71 2.15

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Tauranga in relation to New Zealand

Member before election

Winston Peters

Elected Member

Winston Peters

The Tauranga by-election was a by-election in the New Zealand electorate of Tauranga, a city in New Zealand's North Island. It took place on 17 April 1993, and was precipitated by the resignation from parliament of sitting MP Winston Peters. Peters, who had been increasingly at odds with his National Party colleagues, had resigned both from his party and from Parliament. He contested the seat as an independent.[1]


None of the major parties contested this election, claiming the upcoming general election was close enough to make the by-election nothing but a publicity stunt. The National Party did not propose a candidate to replace Peters. As expected, Peters won a massive majority, receiving just over ninety percent of the vote. While Peters' grip on Tauranga was so secure at the time that no one believed he would lose, there was some question about what his margin would have been had the other parties challenged him. The distant runner-up in the election was a member of the McGillicuddy Serious Party, a joke party.

Previous election[edit]

1990 general election: Tauranga[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Winston Peters 13,906 65.64 +12.22
Labour Bill Delaney 4,592 21.67
Green Terry Coles 1,566 7.39
NewLabour Muriel Powell 605 2.85
Social Credit Trevor Powell 287 1.35
McGillicuddy Serious Richard Barr 141 0.66
Democrats Douglas Meiklejohn 87 0.41
Majority 9,314 43.96 +32.33
Turnout 21,184 88.07 +0.14
Registered electors 24,052


The following table gives the election results:

1993 Tauranga by-election[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Winston Peters 11,458 90.71 +25.07
McGillicuddy Serious Greg Pittams 271 2.15
Independent Peter Wakeman 190 1.50
HFA Gary Barham 185 1.46
Silent Majority P R Watson 184 1.46
Independent Ian Baikie 109 0.86
Natural Law Lynne Lee 101 0.80
HEMP Ashley Bedford 55 0.44
Blokes' Liberation Front R S Tengblad 29 0.23
Aotearoa Partnership Raymond Campbell 25 0.20
Christ's Ambassadors Union Victor Bryers 24 0.19
Informal votes 449 3.43
Majority 11,187 88.57 +44.61
Turnout 13,080 49.08
Registered electors 26,651


  1. ^ Levy, Danya (28 November 2011). "Winston Peters aims to lead the opposition". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 28 February 2012.
  2. ^ Part 1: Votes recorded at each polling place (Technical report). New Zealand Chief Electoral Office. 1990.
  3. ^ Election results 1993, pp. 175f.