Tony Ryall

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The Honourable
Tony Ryall
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38th Minister of Health
In office
19 November 2008 – 8 October 2014
Prime Minister John Key
Preceded by David Cunliffe
Succeeded by Jonathan Coleman
Minister for State-Owned Enterprises
In office
April 2011 – 8 October 2014
Prime Minister John Key
Preceded by Simon Power
Succeeded by Todd McClay
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Bay of Plenty
In office
12 October 1996 – 20 August 2014
Preceded by New electorate
Succeeded by Todd Muller
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for East Cape
In office
27 October 1990 – 6 November 1993
Preceded by Anne Fraser
Succeeded by Electorate abolished
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Eastern Bay of Plenty
In office
6 November 1993 – 12 October 1996
Preceded by New electorate
Succeeded by Electorate abolished
Personal details
Born 19 November 1964
New Zealand
Nationality New Zealand
Political party National Party
Occupation Politician

Anthony Boyd Williams "Tony" Ryall CNZM (born 19 November 1964) is a New Zealand politician. He represented the National Party in the New Zealand Parliament from 1990 to 2014. Since November 2008, he served as a cabinet minister, holding the posts of Minister of Health, Minister of State Services and Minister of State Owned Enterprises. He served previously in the Shipley Cabinet between 1997 and 1999.[1] He announced in February 2014 that he was to retire from politics at that year's general election.

Early life and family[edit]

He was born in Christchurch and educated in the Eastern Bay of Plenty and graduated Bachelor of Business Studies (Accounting and Finance) from Massey University.[2]

Ryall is married with two children.[citation needed]

Professional career[edit]

Before entering politics, he worked as a credit analyst at a bank.[citation needed]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
1990–1993 43rd East Cape National
1993–1996 44th Eastern Bay of Plenty National
1996–1999 45th Bay of Plenty 29 National
1999–2002 46th Bay of Plenty 9 National
2002–2005 47th Bay of Plenty 8 National
2005–2008 48th Bay of Plenty 6 National
2008–2011 49th Bay of Plenty 6 National
2011–2014 50th Bay of Plenty 5 National


He first won election to Parliament as MP for the East Cape electorate in the 1990 elections at age 26. Subsequent boundary reorganisations saw him represent the Eastern Bay of Plenty electorate (1993–1996) and the Bay of Plenty electorate (1996–2014).

Ryall served in the Cabinet between 1997–1999 variously as Minister for State-Owned Enterprises, Minister of Local Government, Minister of Youth Affairs, and Minister of Justice.[citation needed]

In Opposition: 1999–2008[edit]

During the National Party's time in Opposition, he was Law and Order Spokesman (1999–2005) and then Health Spokesman (2005–2008).[citation needed]

In the 2005 General Election Ryall won the largest National Party electorate majority in the country: in his Bay of Plenty Electorate he gained a majority of approximately 15,800 votes. In the 2008 election he secured the country's second largest majority, behind the Prime Minister's 17,600 majority.[citation needed]

Cabinet Minister in the Fifth National Government: 2008–2014[edit]

From 2008 to 2014, he served as the Minister of Health. As Minister of Health, he focussed on performance in areas like elective surgery, emergency department and cancer treatment waiting times, and preventive health areas such as immunisation.[citation needed] He was Minister of State Services until mid 2011 when he became Minister of State Owned Enterprises, a portfolio he had last held almost 12 years earlier.[citation needed] Along with the Minister of Finance, Ryall oversaw National’s government share offer programme, which yielded $4.7b from the partial sale of three state-owned electricity generators and Air New Zealand. He announced in February 2014 that he was to retire from politics at that year's general election.[3]

Ryall was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services as a Member of Parliament in the 2015 New Year Honours.[4]


  1. ^ "Ministerial List for Announcement on 17 November 2008" (PDF). New Zealand Government. 17 November 2008. Retrieved 20 November 2008. 
  2. ^ Temple, Philip (1994). Temple’s Guide to the 44th New Zealand Parliament. Dunedin: McIndoe Publishers. p. 82. ISBN 0 86868 159 8. 
  3. ^ Kirk, Stacey (27 February 2014). "Tony Ryall to retire". Stuff NZ (Fairfax). Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "New Year honours list 2015". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
David Cunliffe
Minister of Health
Succeeded by
Jonathan Coleman