Clive Matthewson

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Clive Denby Matthewson MNZM (born 1944) is a New Zealand civil engineer and former politician.

Matthewson was born in 1944. Katherine Rich of the National Party is his niece.[1] Matthewson has a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Canterbury, completed in 1970.[2] The title of his PhD thesis was: "The elastic behaviour of a laterally loaded pile".[3]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1984–1987 41st Dunedin West Labour
1987–1990 42nd Dunedin West Labour
1990–1993 43rd Dunedin West Labour
1993–1995 44th Dunedin West Labour
1995–1996 Changed allegiance to: United NZ

Matthewson unsuccessfully contested the Clutha electorate in the 1981 election for the Labour Party.[4] In the 1983 electoral redistribution, the number of Dunedin electorates was reduced from three to two. Brian MacDonell, who had since 1963 represented Dunedin Central, was supposed to represent the new Dunedin West electorate. However, Labour's president, Jim Anderton, presided over MacDonell's de-selection and installed his personal friend Matthewson instead.[5] Matthewson was elected to Dunedin West in 1984.[6] He left Labour in 1995 to jointly establish the United New Zealand party with six other sitting MPs.[7] Matthewson became United's leader,[8] and when the party formed a coalition with the governing National Party in 1996 he was made a Cabinet Minister. In the 1996 election, Peter Dunne was the only United politician to keep his seat, and Matthewson, who had contested the new Dunedin South electorate,[9] did not return to Parliament.[8] In the 1998 New Year Honours, he was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for public services as a Member of Parliament.[10]

He was the Director of Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Otago from 2002 to 2008,[11] and between 23 July 2004 and 30 September 2008 was on the board of directors for the New Zealand Railways Corporation.[12][13]


  1. ^ Stuart, Sarah (19 March 2013). "Twelve Questions: Katherine Rich". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  2. ^ "2001 Annual Report - Council of the University" (PDF). University of Otago. Retrieved 31 January 2010.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Matthewson, Clive Denby. The elastic behaviour of a laterally loaded pile : a thesis presented for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering in the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand (PhD thesis). University of Canterbury. OCLC 8255308. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  4. ^ Norton, Clifford (1988). New Zealand Parliamentary Election Results 1946–1987: Occasional Publications No 1, Department of Political Science. Wellington: Victoria University of Wellington. p. ?. ISBN 0-475-11200-8.
  5. ^ Bassett 2008, chapter 5.
  6. ^ Young, Audrey (4 February 2008). "Staunch Labourite won't follow Key's suggestion at election". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 31 January 2010.
  7. ^ "Parliament hobbles the party-hoppers". The New Zealand Herald. 20 December 2001. Retrieved 31 January 2010.
  8. ^ a b Campbell, Ashley (27 July 2002). "It's a long time in politics". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 31 January 2010.
  9. ^ "Electorate Candidate and Party Votes Recorded at Each Polling Place - Dunedin South" (PDF). Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  10. ^ "New Year honours list 1998". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 1997. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  11. ^ Rudd, Allison (25 September 2008). "Gerrard relishes role as university envoy". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 31 January 2010.
  12. ^ Graham, Pam (24 July 2004). "Rail board is 'jobs for the boys'". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 31 January 2010.
  13. ^ Cullen, Michael (24 September 2008). "Next step in integrated rail business". New Zealand Government. Retrieved 31 January 2010.