Merv Wellington

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Mervyn Langlois "Merv" Wellington, QSO (1940 - 7 September 2003) was a New Zealand politician of the National Party.

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1975–1978 38th Manurewa National
1978–1981 39th Papakura National
1981–1984 40th Papakura National
1984–1987 41st Papakura National
1987–1990 42nd Papakura National

He represented the Manurewa electorate from 1975 to 1978, and then the Papakura electorate from 1978 to 1990, when he retired.

Wellington served as a Cabinet minister, being the Minister of Education from 13 December 1978 to 26 July 1984. During his tenure as Education Minister, he regularly courted controversy with teacher unions on various issues.[1] Wellington was a Muldoon loyalist, and was demoted after National's 1984 election defeat.

He died in 2003, following a long illness.[2]


  1. ^ Bob Linguard, John Knight & Paige Porter (1993). Schooling Reform In Hard Times. The Falmer Press. p. 67. 
  2. ^ NZ Herald - Obituary: Merv Wellington, by Arnold Pickmere
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. 
  • Hansard
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Phil Amos
Member of Parliament for Manurewa
Succeeded by
Roger Douglas
New constituency Member of Parliament for Papakura
Succeeded by
John Robertson
Political offices
Preceded by
Les Gandar
Minister of Education
Succeeded by
Russell Marshall