Story: Parliament

Number of MPs over time

The number of members of Parliament rose steadily during the 19th century. It remained the same from 1902 until 1966, but then began to climb again, and jumped significantly after the introduction of the mixed-member proportional representation (MMP) electoral system in 1996. 

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Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Source: New Zealand Parliamentary debates and the New Zealand Election Results

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John E. Martin, 'Parliament - Reform, 1980s onwards', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/33702/number-of-mps-over-time (accessed 22 August 2019)

Story by John E. Martin, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Feb 2015