Terry Heffernan

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Terence Michael "Terry" Heffernan (3 February 1952 – 13 March 2010) was a New Zealand politician who stood for Parliament on eight separate occasions. Heffernan was originally a member of the Social Credit Party before joining the New Zealand First Party and later, the New Zealand National Party.

Early years[edit]

He was born in Oamaru and attended St Bede's College in Christchurch. He obtained a degree in history and economics at the University of Canterbury after starting an accounting degree. He taught at Christchurch Boys' High School and Xavier College, but with a passion for politics became a parliamentary researcher for Bruce Beetham and then Winston Peters. He admired 1930s Labour politicians Savage and Lee.

Political activities[edit]

Originally a stalwart of the Social Credit Party, he represented them in the Christchurch Central by-election 1979 and came second; Labour’s Geoffrey Palmer won the seat.

Heffernan stood in the Wanganui electorate in five general elections:

In 1987 he came second to Labour's Russell Marshall, who had an election-night majority of only 27.

In 1996 Heffernan stood for New Zealand First in Albany, against Murray McCully.

In the New Zealand general election, 2008, he stood as the National Party candidate for the Christchurch electorate of Port Hills, though already weakened by cancer.[1]


Heffernan died in Christchurch on 13 March 2010, and his funeral was celebrated in St Joseph's Catholic Church in Papanui, Christchurch. A notice of motion in remembrance was lodged by Ruth Dyson in parliament on 18 March 2010.[2]


  • Obituary in Dominion Post of 3 April 2010 page B7 (from The Press)
  1. ^ It's Beaurepaires at Parliament as retreads rolled out The Press, 25 March 2008
  2. ^ Order Paper New Zealand House of Representatives, 23 March 2010

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