Bill Young (New Zealand politician)
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During World War II Young served with the 2nd New Zealand Division in North Africa, and was invalided home after the workshop section in Egypt was bombed. He worked for Murray Roberts before and after the war, then music retailer Beggs, and was general manager of manufacturer/retailer Radio Corporation of New Zealand 1956–1966.
He was a Member of Parliament for the National Party from 1966 to 1981 representing the marginal Miramar electorate in Wellington. He stood unsuccessfully in 1963, but won the electorate in 1966 with a majority of 146. From 1975 to 1981 he served in the Third National Government as Minister of Works.
Young lost his seat in 1981, and was then appointed on the recommendation of Prime Minister Robert Muldoon to the post of New Zealand High Commissioner to Great Britain, and Nigeria, and Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland. He was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in the 1991 New Year Honours.
Young married Isobel Joan Luke in 1946, and they had five children together: James, Christine, Rosemary (married to Max Bradford), Nicola and Annabel Young who was also a (list) Member of Parliament (1997–2002).
He died in 2009.
- "Former Miramar MP Bill Young dies". Dominion Post. 14 July 2009. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
- London Gazette (supplement), No. 52768, 30 December 1991. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
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