The ‘treating’ or ‘shouting’ described in this newspaper report took place across the Eastern Māori electorate in the 1887 election, and was reported when the case went to court the following year. Low-level bribery had been an ordinary part of New Zealand elections. In this case, it was alleged to have occurred in Te Tako, Wairoa, Taupō, Hastings and Rotorua. It came to the court’s attention in this case because an opposing candidate, Wī Pere, petitioned the court to have the election of winner James Carroll declared invalid. Pere had been the member for Eastern Māori before this election, which was hotly fought. The matter was taken seriously, but after being heard by the chief justice and Justice Gillies, Pere’s petition was rejected.
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Reference: Poverty Bay Herald, 17 January 1888, p. 2
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