1993 New Zealand general election

The 1993 New Zealand general election was held on 6 November 1993 to determine the composition of the 44th New Zealand Parliament. Voters elected 99 members to the House of Representatives, up from 97 members at the 1990 election. The election was the last general election to use the first-past-the-post electoral system, with all members elected from single-member electorates.

1993 New Zealand general election

 1990 6 November 1993 (1993-11-06) 1996 

All 99 seats in the New Zealand House of Representatives
50 seats were needed for a majority
Turnout1,922,796 (82.82%)
  First party Second party
 
Leader Jim Bolger Mike Moore
Party National Labour
Leader since 26 March 1986 4 September 1990
Leader's seat King Country Christchurch North
Last election 67 seats, 47.82% 29 seats, 35.14%
Seats before 63 29
Seats won 50 45
Seat change 13 16
Popular vote 673,892 666,759
Percentage 35.05 34.68
Swing 12.77% 0.46%

  Third party Fourth party
 
Leader Jim Anderton Winston Peters
Party Alliance NZ First
Leader since 1 December 1991 18 July 1993
Leader's seat Sydenham Tauranga
Last election 1 seat, 14.28%[1] New party
Seats before 2 2
Seats won 2 2
Seat change 0 0
Popular vote 350,063 161,481
Percentage 18.21 8.40
Swing 3.93%[1] 8.40%

Results of the election

Prime Minister before election

Jim Bolger
National

Subsequent Prime Minister

Jim Bolger
National

The election saw the governing National Party, led by Jim Bolger, win a second term in office, despite a major swing away from National in both seats and votes. The opposition Labour Party, despite a slight drop in their support, managed to make gains in terms of seats. The new Alliance and New Zealand First parties gained significant shares of the vote, but won few seats.