Tony Ryall

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The Honourable
Tony Ryall
38th Minister of Health
Assumed office
19 November 2008
Prime Minister John Key
Preceded by David Cunliffe
Minister of State Services
Assumed office
19 November 2008
Prime Minister John Key
Preceded by David Parker
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Bay of Plenty
Assumed office
Preceded by Seat Established
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for East Cape
In office
Succeeded by Seat Abolished
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Eastern Bay of Plenty
In office
Preceded by Seat Established
Succeeded by Seat Abolished
Personal details
Born November 1964
 New Zealand
Nationality New Zealand
Political party National Party
Occupation Politician

Anthony Boyd Williams "Tony" Ryall (born 19 November 1964) is a New Zealand politician. He was born in Christchurch, and educated at Kawerau College and Massey University.[1]

He has represented voters and the National Party in the New Zealand Parliament since 1990. Since November 2008 he has served as a cabinet minister, holding the posts of Minister of Health and Minister of State Services. He served previously in the Shipley Cabinet 1997-1999.[2]

He announced in February that he is to retire from politics in 2014.[3]

Early life and family[edit]

Tony Ryall is married with two children. The family home is in Tauranga.

Professional career[edit]

Before entering politics, he worked as a credit analyst at a bank.

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 – present 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 – present).

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.

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

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; 17,600 majority.

Since 2008, he has served as the Minister of Health and the Minister of State Services. In mid-2011 Ryall also became Minister of State Owned Enterprises, a portfolio he had last held almost 12 years earlier.

The Bay of Plenty electorate office is located in Devonport Road, Tauranga.


  1. ^ *Temple, Philip (1994). Temple’s Guide to the 44th New Zealand Parliament. Dunedin: McIndoe Publishers. p. 82. ISBN 0 86868 159 8. 
  2. ^ "Ministerial List for Announcement on 17 November 2008" (Press release). New Zealand Government. 17 November 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  3. ^ "Tony Ryall to retire". Stuff NZ (Fairfax). 2014-02-27. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
David Cunliffe
Minister of Health
2008 – present