Minister of Railways (New Zealand)

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Minister of Railways of New Zealand
Style The Honourable
Appointer Prime Minister of New Zealand
Formation 24 November 1895
Abolished 19 October 1993

The Minister of Railways was the minister in the government responsible for the New Zealand Railways Department 1895–1981, the New Zealand Railways Corporation 1981–1993, and New Zealand Rail Limited 1990–1993. The portfolio was established in 1895, 15 years after the Railways Department was formed, and was abolished in 1993, when New Zealand Rail Limited was privatised. Today, KiwiRail is answerable to both the Minister of State Owned Enterprises, and the Minister of Transport.

Office-holders[edit]

The following 25 MPs have held the office of Minister of Railways:[1]

Name Took Office Left Office Party
1 Alfred Cadman 24 November 1895 28 April 1899 Liberal
2 Joseph Ward 17 May 1900 13 January 1906 Liberal
3 William Hall-Jones 18 June 1906 24 May 1908 Liberal
4 John A. Millar 24 May 1908 24 August 1912 Liberal
5 Arthur Myers 25 August 1912 10 December 1912 Liberal
6 William Herries 10 December 1912 28 May 1919 Reform
7 William Massey 28 May 1919 6 December 1922 Reform
8 David Guthrie 6 December 1922 27 March 1923 Reform
9 Gordon Coates 1 April 1923 21 December 1928 Reform
10 William Taverner 7 July 1928 13 December 1930 United (Liberal)
11 Bill Veitch 13 December 1930 31 August 1931 United
12 George Forbes 19 September 1931 26 November 1935 United
13 Dan Sullivan 26 November 1935 12 December 1941 Labour
14 Bob Semple 12 December 1941 12 December 1949 Labour
15 William Goosman 12 December 1949 7 February 1954 National
16 John McAlpine 7 February 1954 8 December 1957 National
17 Michael Moohan 8 December 1957 31 August 1960 Labour
18 John McAlpine 6 September 1960 12 December 1966 National
19 Peter Gordon 12 December 1966 11 December 1972 National
20 Tom McGuigan 11 December 1972 10 September 1974[2] Labour
21 Ron Bailey 10 September 1974[2] 12 December 1975[2] Labour
22 Colin McLachlan 12 December 1975[3] 11 December 1981[3] National
23 George Gair 11 December 1981[4] 26 July 1984[4] National
24 Richard Prebble 26 July 1984[5] 5 December 1990 Labour
25 Roger Sowry 5 December 1990 19 October 1993 National

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Leitch & Stott 1988, Appendix two - Ministers of Railways 1895 - 1988.
  2. ^ a b c Wilson 1985, p. 93.
  3. ^ a b Wilson 1985, p. 95.
  4. ^ a b Wilson 1985, p. 94.
  5. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 97.

References[edit]

  • Leitch, David Bruce; Stott, Bob (1988). New Zealand Railways - The First 125 Years. Birkenhead, Auckland: Heinemann Reed. ISBN 0-7900-0000-8. 
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.