Arthur Kinsella

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Plaque outside a former Post Office building on Cambridge Terrace, Wellington opened by Kinsella.

Arthur Ellis Kinsella QSO (15 January 1918 – 4 March 2004) was a New Zealand politician of the National Party, and was a cabinet minister.


Early life[edit]

Kinsella was born at Waikino in 1918. He was educated at Waihi District High School, Waihi School of Mines, Auckland University, Victoria University of Wellington and Auckland Teachers College; he graduated with MA and Diploma in Education. He was a farmer and teacher before becoming an MP.[1]

In World War II he served with NZ Engineer Forces in UK, Middle East and Greece where he was wounded and returned to New Zealand.

Political career[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1954–1957 31st Hauraki National
1957–1960 32nd Hauraki National
1960–1963 33rd Hauraki National
1963–1966 34th Hauraki National
1966–1969 35th Hauraki National

Kinsella was elected as the Member of the rural electorate of Hauraki in the 1954 election.[2][3] He was Minister of Broadcasting (1960–1963)[4][5][6] in the second National Government under Keith Holyoake, overseeing the introduction of Television to New Zealand. He was Postmaster-General (1961–1963),[6][7] and was Minister of Education (1963–1969).[4][8][9] He retired from Parliament in 1969[2] following a bad car crash.[10] In 1970 Kinsella was granted the right to retain the title of The Honourable for life.[11]

After his retirement from politics, he was a business consultant before his return to teaching as Principal of the Technical Correspondence Institute.[1]

In the 1992 New Year Honours, Kinsella was made a Companion of the Queen's Service Order for public services.[12]

Kinsella died in 2004.[10]


  1. ^ a b Gustafson 1986, p. 325.
  2. ^ a b Wilson 1985, p. 211.
  3. ^ "Members of the House of Representatives Elected - General Election" (20 December 1960) 84 The New Zealand Gazette 2002
  4. ^ a b Wilson 1985, p. 90.
  5. ^ "Ministers Appointed" (12 December 1960) 82 The New Zealand Gazette 1944
  6. ^ a b "Resignation of Ministers" (20 December 1963) 82 The New Zealand Gazette 2077
  7. ^ "Ministers Appointed" (2 May 1961) 29 The New Zealand Gazette 642.
  8. ^ "Ministers Appointed" (20 December 1963) 82 The New Zealand Gazette 2077
  9. ^ "Resignation of Ministers" (22 December 1969) 84 The New Zealand Gazette 2679
  10. ^ a b Pickmere, Arnold (13 March 2004). "Obituary: Arthur Kinsella". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "Retention of the title 'Honourable'" (24 April 1970) 25 The New Zealand Gazette 750
  12. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 52768, 30 December 1991. Retrieved 8 January 2013.


  • Gustafson, Barry (1986). The First 50 Years : A History of the New Zealand National Party. Auckland: Reed Methuen. ISBN 0-474-00177-6. 
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand parliamentary record, 1840–1984 (4 ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Andrew Sutherland
Member of Parliament for Hauraki
Succeeded by
Leo Schultz
Political offices
Preceded by
Blair Tennent
Minister of Education
Succeeded by
Brian Talboys