Fran Wilde

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Frances "Fran" Helen Wilde, CNZM, QSO, JP (born 1948), is a New Zealand politician, and former Wellington Labour MP, Minister of Tourism and 31st Mayor of Wellington. She was the first woman to serve as Mayor of Wellington.

Member of Parliament and Minister[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1981–84 40th Wellington Central Labour
1984–87 41st Wellington Central Labour
1987–90 42nd Wellington Central Labour
1990–92 43rd Wellington Central Labour

Wilde was a Member of Parliament for the Wellington Central seat, winning it from sitting National MP Ken Comber in the 1981 general election. Wilde retained the seat at the subsequent 1984 general election.

In 1985, Wilde moved what became the Homosexual Law Reform Act 1986, which legalised homosexual acts in New Zealand between consenting men. The 16-month debate about the bill polarised the country, and sparked violent demonstrations and angry rallies at Parliament. Her other main legislative achievement in Parliament was an Adoption Reform Act, which made it possible for adopted people and their birth-parents to contact each other.

Wilde was Parliamentary Whip from 1984 to 1987, and became Minister of Tourism, Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Disarmament during Labour's second term.

Mayor of Wellington[edit]

In 1992 she resigned from Parliament to stand for Mayor of Wellington. She won that position, and remained in office until 1995. Her seat was retained by Labour, with Chris Laidlaw winning the 1992 by-election caused by Wilde's resignation.

Greater Wellington Regional Council[edit]

Since then, Wilde has been appointed CEO of Trade New Zealand (until February 2003) and was elected as a councillor for the Wellington Regional Council. The council has occupied much of her time in recent years. Wilde was re-elected to the Regional Council in 2007.[1] On 30 October, Wilde was elected Chair of the Council.[2]

Family[edit]

She has 3 adult children, Stephen Wilde, Alexandra Wilde and Matiu Wilde from her first marriage to Geoffrey Wilde. Her husband Christopher Kelly is CEO of Landcorp and a former veterinary surgeon.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Election results 2007". Greater Wellington Regional Council. 2007-10-15. Archived from the original on 2007-10-28. Retrieved 2007-10-16. 
  2. ^ Newstalk ZB (2007-10-30). "Wilde elected Wellington regional council chair". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2007-10-30. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Ken Comber
Member of Parliament for Wellington Central
1981–1992
Succeeded by
Chris Laidlaw
Political offices
Preceded by
James Belich (mayor)
Mayor of Wellington
1992–1995
Succeeded by
Mark Blumsky