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Malcolm Douglas papers relating to Hunua electoral petition.

Identifier: MSS-Archives-94/8

Scope and Contents

The papers in this collection include letters, press releases, copies of newspaper clippings, notes, etc. covering the period of Malcolm Douglas's candidacy for the seat of Hunua in 1978, his six months as MP, during which the Election Petition was presented, his loss to Winston Peters in 1979, and the Court of Appeal hearing of 1980 relating to the judgment in the Electoral Court. They have been left in the order in which they were received, except that a set of 'Notes of Evidence' from the Electoral Court hearing, identical with those in MSS & Archives 94/7, has not been retained.

Papers in MSS & Archives 94/7 New Zealand Labour Party Hunua Electorate Records 1978-1979, should be consulted with the collection here described.

An exchange of letters between Malcolm Douglas and Winston Peters, dating from before the 1978 Election and relating to Labour policy on overstayers, was received in 1998 and added to Item 1.


  • 1978 - 1980


Conditions Governing Access

Not restricted

Biographical / Historical

At the 1978 General Election Malcolm Douglas, the Labour candidate for Hunua, won the seat with a majority of 301 votes. But there were allegations of irregularities and a Petition was presented to the Electoral Court, which ordered a recount. Nearly 500 votes were disallowed and the National candidate, Winston Peters, was declared the winner with a majority of 192.


0.1 metres (1 box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Switzer Hudson, Political Studies Dept., University of Auckland in December 1991.

Related Materials

Earlier deposit of material held at MSS & Archives 94/7. New Zealand Labour Party Hunua Electorate records.

Inventory of the Malcolm Douglas papers relating to Hunua electoral petition, 1978-1980.
Kay Stead
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections, University of Auckland Repository

5 Alfred Street
Private Bag 92019
Auckland 1142 New Zealand