Donald Norman McKay

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McKay (back right) in 1963

Sir Donald Norman McKay KCMG (28 November 1908 – 30 March 1988) was a New Zealand politician of the National Party. He was Minister of Health and Minister of Social Security in the Second National Government.


New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1954–1957 31st Marsden National
1957–1960 32nd Marsden National
1960–1963 33rd Marsden National
1963–1966 34th Marsden National
1966–1969 35th Marsden National
1969–1972 36th Marsden National

McKay was born in 1908 in Waipu. He received his education from Whangarei Boys' High School and the University of Auckland. He became a farmer in Waipu.[1]

He represented the Marsden electorate in the Northland region from 1954, and he retired in 1972.[2] He was Minister of Health and Minister of Social Security in the Second National Government from 1962 to 1972 under Keith Holyoake.[3]

McKay was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George for public services in the 1978 Queen's Birthday Honours,[4] and died in 1988.


  1. ^ Gustafson 1986, p. 329.
  2. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 215.
  3. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 90.
  4. ^ "No. 47551". The London Gazette (Supplement). 3 June 1978. p. 6269.


  • 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.
Political offices
Preceded by
Norman Shelton
Minister of Health
Succeeded by
Lance Adams-Schneider
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Alfred Murdoch
Member of Parliament for Marsden
Constituency abolished