Minister of Education (New Zealand)

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The Minister of Education is a minister in the government of New Zealand with responsibility for the country's schools, and is in charge of the Ministry of Education.

The present Minister is Hekia Parata, a member of the National Party.

History[edit]

The first minister was appointed in 1878, shortly after the abolition of the Provinces allowed the central government to assume responsibility for education. It has existed without major interruption since then, although responsibility for tertiary education has been split into a separate role, titled Minister of Tertiary Education.

List of Education Ministers[edit]

Name PM Served Took Office Left Office Party
1 John Ballance Grey 12 January 1878 1 July 1879 None
2 William Rolleston Hall 8 October 1879 15 December 1880 None
3 Thomas Dick Hall, Whitaker, Atkinson 15 December 1880 16 August 1884 None
4 William Montgomery Stout 16 August 1884 28 August 1884 None
5 Robert Stout (himself) 8 January 1885 8 October 1887 None
6 George Fisher Atkinson 8 October 1887 8 April 1889 None
7 Harry Atkinson (himself) 8 April 1889 9 July 1889 None
8 Thomas William Hislop, 1st time Atkinson 9 July 1889 10 September 1889 None
Thomas William Hislop, 2nd time Atkinson 17 October 1889 24 January 1891 None
9 William Pember Reeves Ballance, Seddon 24 January 1891 10 January 1896 Liberal
10 William Walker Seddon 11 March 1896 20 June 1903 Liberal
11 Richard Seddon (himself) 22 June 1903 10 June 1906 Liberal
12 William Hall-Jones (himself) 21 June 1906 6 August 1906 Liberal
13 George Fowlds Ward 6 August 1906 4 September 1911 Liberal
14 Josiah Hanan, 1st time Mackenzie 28 March 1912 10 July 1912 Liberal
15 James Allen Massey 10 July 1912 12 August 1915 Reform
Josiah Hanan, 2nd time Massey 12 August 1915 23 August 1919 Liberal
16 Francis Bell Massey 4 September 1919 3 April 1920 Reform
17 James Parr Massey, Francis Bell, Coates 3 April 1920 24 April 1926 Reform
18 Robert Wright Coates 24 May 1926 10 December 1928 Reform
19 Harry Atmore Ward, Forbes 10 December 1928 22 September 1931 United
20 Robert Masters Forbes 22 September 1931 22 November 1934 United
21 Sydney Smith Forbes 22 November 1934 6 December 1935 United
22 Peter Fraser Savage, (himself) 6 December 1935 30 April 1940 Labour
23 Rex Mason Fraser 30 April 1940 18 October 1947 Labour
24 Terry McCombs Fraser 18 October 1947 13 December 1949 Labour
25 Ronald Algie Holland, Holyoake 13 December 1949 12 December 1957 National
26 Philip Skoglund Nash 12 December 1957 12 December 1960 Labour
27 Blair Tennent Holyoake 12 December 1960 20 December 1963 National
28 Arthur Kinsella Holyoake 20 December 1963 22 December 1969 National
29 Brian Talboys Holyoake 22 December 1969 9 February 1972 National
30 Herbert Pickering Marshall 9 February 1972 8 December 1972 National
31 Phil Amos Kirk, Rowling 8 December 1972 12 December 1975 Labour
32 Les Gandar Muldoon 12 December 1975 13 December 1978 National
33 Merv Wellington Muldoon 13 December 1978 26 July 1984 National
34 Russell Marshall Lange 26 July 1984 24 August 1987 Labour
35 David Lange (himself) 24 August 1987 8 August 1989 Labour
36 Geoffrey Palmer (himself) 8 August 1989 14 August 1989 Labour
37 Phil Goff Palmer 14 August 1989 2 November 1990 Labour
38 Lockwood Smith Bolger 2 November 1990 1 March 1996 National
39 Wyatt Creech Bolger, Shipley 1 March 1996 31 January 1999 National
40 Nick Smith Shipley 31 January 1999 10 December 1999 National
41 Trevor Mallard Clark 10 December 1999 19 October 2005 Labour
42 Steve Maharey Clark 19 October 2005 31 October 2007 Labour
43 Chris Carter Clark 31 October 2007 19 November 2008 Labour
44 Anne Tolley Key 19 November 2008 12 December 2011 National
44 Hekia Parata Key 12 December 2011 Incumbent National

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