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Miramar (New Zealand electorate)

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Miramar (New Zealand electorate)

Miramar was a New Zealand parliamentary electorate in the south-eastern suburbs of Wellington. It was created in 1946, replacing Wellington East, and was replaced by Rongotai for the first MMP election of 1996.

Population centres

The 1941 census had been postponed due to World War II, so the 1946 electoral redistribution had to take ten years of population growth and movements into account. The North Island gained a further two electorates from the South Island due to faster population growth. The abolition of the country quota through the Electoral Amendment Act, 1945 reduced the number and increased the size of rural electorates. None of the existing electorates remained unchanged, 27 electorates were abolished, eight former electorates were re-established, and 19 electorates were created for the first time, including Miramar.[1] The electorate's boundary was initially located on the Rongotai isthmus that is occupied by Wellington Airport.[2] This boundary slowly shifted towards the city of Wellington in subsequent electoral redistributions.[3] The electorate boundaries were unaffected by the electoral redistributions in 1972 and 1987.[4] The electorate was abolished in 1996, when it was replaced by the Rongotai electorate.


The electorate was marginal, and changed several times between the parties. The first representative in 1946 was Bob Semple of the Labour Party.[5] Semple did not stand for re-election in 1954 and died at New Plymouth in January 1955.[6]

Semple was succeeded by Labour's Bill Fox, who served from 1954 until his defeat in the 1966 election by National's Bill Young.[7]

Members of Parliament



Election Winner
1946 election Bob Semple
1949 election
1951 election
1954 election Bill Fox
1957 election
1960 election
1963 election
1966 election Bill Young
1969 election
1972 election
1975 election
1978 election
1981 election Peter Neilsen
1984 election
1987 election
1990 election Graeme Reeves
1993 election Annette King
(Electorate abolished in 1996; see Rongotai)


  1. ^ McRobie 1989, pp. 91–96.
  2. ^ McRobie 1989, p. 94.
  3. ^ McRobie 1989, pp. 94–126.
  4. ^ McRobie 1989, pp. 115, 127.
  5. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 233.
  6. ^
  7. ^ Wilson 1985, pp. 197, 247.


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