Sir Kerry Burke
|22nd Speaker of the House of Representatives|
|Prime Minister||David Lange|
|Preceded by||Gerard Wall|
|Succeeded by||Robin Gray|
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for West Coast
1978 – 1990
|Preceded by||Paddy Blanchfield|
|Succeeded by||Margaret Moir|
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament
1972 – 1975
|Preceded by||Herbert Pickering|
|Succeeded by||Derek Quigley|
24 March 1942 |
Christchurch, New Zealand
Sir Thomas Kerry Burke (born 24 March 1942) served as Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives from 1987 to 1990. He was a member of the Labour Party, and served throughout the second term of the Fourth Labour Government.
Burke was born in Christchurch, New Zealand. In 1960, he began three years of study at the University of Canterbury, after which he studied for a year at the Christchurch College of Education. He taught for a number of years in Rangiora and in Greymouth.
|Parliament of New Zealand|
Burke was first elected to Parliament as the Labour MP for Rangiora in the 1972 elections. In the 1975 elections, however, he lost his seat, and remained outside Parliament for three years. In the 1978 elections, Burke was elected as the Labour MP for the West Coast electorate.
When Labour won the 1984 elections, Burke became Minister of Immigration and Minister of Employment. He held these roles until the 1987 elections, when he was chosen to replace the outgoing Gerard Wall as Speaker. At 45 he was the second youngest Speaker in the history of the Parliament of New Zealand.
He was first elected councillor of the Canterbury Regional Council in 1998 and was chairman from 2004. On 24 October 2007, following the local body elections, he was elected Chairman for a further term. On 24 September 2009, Burke lost a motion of no confidence and was replaced as Chairman. In 2010 the New Zealand Government fired Burke, and the remaining Regional Councillors of Environment Canterbury, two years after the previous Local Body Elections. They were replaced by Government-appointed Commissioners and elections for Environment Canterbury are to be held in 2013. The reason cited for the sacking was due to poor direction, "woeful" performance and governance and an overall collapse of confidence in the organisation.
He was knighted in 1989. He is currently president of the board of Cholmondeley Children´s Home in Governors Bay. In March 2012 Sir Kerry joined the board of the Draco Foundation (NZ) Charitable Trust, an organisation whose purpose is the protection and promotion of democracy and natural justice in New Zealand.
- ECan chair re-elected, new deputy, Environment Canterbury Press Release, 24 October 2007, retrieved 9 December 2007.
- Environment Canterbury new chair, deputy chair unchanged, Environment Canterbury Press Release, 24-09-09, retrieved 24-09-09. See also Alec Neill replaces Sir Kerry, The Press/www.Stuff.co.nz on-line, 24-09-09, retrieved 24-09-09. Archived at WebCite
- "ECan council canned in favour of commissioners". Television New Zealand. 30 March 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
- Glass, Amy (28 August 2011). "Happy days in home recalled". The Press. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
- "About the Draco Foundation". Draco Foundation (NZ) Charitable Trust. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
- Regional development policy: supporting statement to submission to the Hon. Kerry Burke, Minister of Regional Development [prepared by Canterbury Regional Development Council and Canterbury United Council], Christchurch, [N.Z.]: The Councils, 1986
- Submission to the review of financial assistance to students: presented to the Hon. Russell Marshall, Minister of Education and to Hon. Kerry Burke, The Minister of Employment, Hon. Koro Wētere, The Minister of Maori Affairs, Hon. Ann Hercus, The Minister of Social Welfare and of Women's Affairs, The Right Hon. David Lange, The Minister of Foreign Affairs., Wellington, [N.Z.]: NZUSA, 1985
- Burke, Kerry (1985), Labour market assistance measures: a paper from the Minister of Employment, Wellington, [N.Z.]: Employment Promotion Conference
- Burke, Kerry (1985), A new deal in training and employment opportunities, December 1985, Wellington, [N.Z.]: Dept. of Labour
- Burke, Kerry (1986), From the Minister: the Minister of Employment Kerry Burke answers questions on the government's employment programmes, Wellington, [N.Z.]: Dept. of Labour
- Burke's contribution is entitled: "The youthful, united cabinet."
- Scott, Noel (convenor); Austin, Margaret; Mallard, Trevor (1985), Interim report of Government Committee on Transition Education to Hon. Russell Marshall, Minister of Education, Hon. Kerry Burke, Minister of Employment, Wellington, [N.Z.]: The Committee
Dr Gerard Wall
|Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives
|New Zealand Parliament|
|Member of Parliament for Rangiora
|Member of Parliament for West Coast