Allan Peachey

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Allan Peachey
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Tamaki
In office
17 September 2005 – 6 November 2011
Preceded by Clem Simich
Succeeded by Simon O'Connor (vacant until election)
Majority 17,020 (45.00%)
Personal details
Born 18 October 1949
Died 6 November 2011 (aged 62)
Nationality New Zealander
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.

School principal[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
2005–2008 48th Tāmaki 30 National
2008–2011 49th Tāmaki 34 National

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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

"Knife in Your Back" controversy[edit]

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."[1] Peachey quickly issued an apology.[2]

Retirement and death[edit]

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.[3]

Allan Peachey died on 6 November 2011, 20 days before the 2011 election and what would have been the end of his parliamentary term, after a battle with cancer.[4][5]


  1. ^ [1] "MP Peachey sent 'knife in back' email", The New Zealand Herald, 5 December 2005
  2. ^ Peachey apologises for knife comment by Radio New Zealand, published on TVNZ, 5 December 2005
  3. ^ "Allan Peachey Announces Retirement". Press Release: National Party (via 5 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "National MP dies". 
  5. ^ Tamaki MP Allan Peachey dies, 7 November 2011

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New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Clem Simich
Member of Parliament for Tāmaki
Succeeded by
Simon O'Connor