|Member of the New Zealand Parliament
17 September 2005 – 6 November 2011
|Preceded by||Clem Simich|
|Succeeded by||Simon O'Connor (vacant until election)|
|Born||18 October 1949|
|Died||6 November 2011 (aged 62)|
|Political party||National Party (1990 – 2011)|
Allan Peachey (18 October 1949 – 6 November 2011) was a New Zealand politician and Member of Parliament for Tamaki.
Before his election to Parliament, Peachey was employed as the principal of Rangitoto College, the largest secondary school in New Zealand. He had previously been the president of the Secondary Principals Association of New Zealand, and was an outspoken commentator on educational issues. An example of such commentary is his book What's Up with Our Schools?, which was released in 2005.
Member of Parliament
|Parliament of New Zealand|
Peachey was selected as a list candidate for the National Party in the 2002 elections, and was viewed by many as one of the party's brighter prospects. His ranking on the party's list (eighteenth, above several sitting MPs) was thought sufficient to guarantee him entry to Parliament, but the National Party's overall performance was poor enough that he narrowly missed out.
Peachey stood for election again in the 2005 elections. He was ranked at thirty on National's party list, but was also selected as the National candidate for Tamaki, traditionally regarded as a safe National seat. This selection caused a certain amount of controversy, as the seat already had a sitting National MP. That MP, Clem Simich, was persuaded to withdraw, and was rewarded with a high list placing and the National Party candidacy in the electorate of Mangere. He won his Tamaki electorate seat, receiving 20,956 votes of a total 36,946. The immediate runner-up in his electorate was Leila Boyle, a Labour Party candidate who received 11,446 votes.
"Knife in Your Back" controversy
Controversy arose when Peachey e-mailed Selwyn College co-principal Carol White declining an invitation to the school's prizegiving stating at the bottom: "Yes, I do have a knife in your back, so be careful." Peachey quickly issued an apology.
Retirement and death
Although Peachey initially planned to seek re-election in the 2011 election, having been renominated for Tāmaki electorate and been ranked 48th on the party list, he subsequently announced his withdrawal "to focus on his treatment and recovery from his recent ill health". He had not previously disclosed the nature or extent of his ill health. His sudden withdrawal shortly before the elections forced the National Party to arrange a new candidate selection process.
-  "MP Peachey sent 'knife in back' email", The New Zealand Herald, 5 December 2005
- Peachey apologises for knife comment by Radio New Zealand, published on TVNZ, 5 December 2005
- "Allan Peachey Announces Retirement". Press Release: National Party (via Scoop.co.nz). 5 October 2011.
- "National MP dies".
- Tamaki MP Allan Peachey dies stuff.co.nz, 7 November 2011
|New Zealand Parliament|
|Member of Parliament for Tāmaki