The first member of New Zealand's inaugural Parliament was elected unopposed at Russell in the Bay of Islands. It would take a further two and a half months to elect the remaining 36 members of the House of Representatives.
This web feature was written by Neill Atkinson and produced by the NZHistory.net.nz team.
History of the Vote is an online resource initiated by the Electoral Commission and produced by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage to mark the 150th anniversary of New Zealand's first parliamentary elections, held in 1853.
Elections New Zealand is the official elections website jointly maintained by the Electoral Commission, Chief Electoral Office, Electoral Enrolment Centre and the Representation Commission.
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