Henry May (New Zealand politician)

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Henry May

Henry May.jpg
20th Minister of Internal Affairs
In office
25 November 1972 – 29 November 1975
Prime MinisterNorman Kirk
Bill Rowling
Preceded byAllan Highet
Succeeded byAllan Highet
Personal details
Born13 April 1912
Died22 April 1995 (1995-04-23) (aged 83)
Political partyLabour Party

Henry Leonard James May QSO (13 April 1912 – 22 April 1995)[1] was a New Zealand politician of the Labour Party. He was a cabinet minister from 1972 to 1975.

Political career[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1954 30th Onslow Labour
1954–1957 31st Onslow Labour
1957–1960 32nd Onslow Labour
1960–1963 33rd Onslow Labour
1963–1966 34th Porirua Labour
1966–1969 35th Porirua Labour
1969–1972 36th Western Hutt Labour
1972–1975 37th Western Hutt Labour

He represented the Wellington area electorates of Onslow from a 1954 by-election to 1963, then Porirua from 1963 to 1969, then Western Hutt from 1969 to 1975, when he was defeated by Brian Lambert.[2] He served as Labour's senior whip from 1958 to 1972 when he entered cabinet.

During the Third Labour Government he was Minister of Internal Affairs and Minister of Local Government from 1972 to 1975.[3] He was also Minister of Civil Defence from 1974 to 1975. His main accomplishment as a minister was restructuring New Zealand's local government setup.[4]

He was appointed a Companion of the Queen's Service Order for public services in the 1976 Queen's Birthday Honours.[5]

Later he was a member of the Petone Borough Council.[4]


May died on 22 April 1995, aged 83 years.[4]


  1. ^ "Henry May (1912–1995)". Alexander Turnbull Library. Retrieved 6 October 2010.
  2. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 219.
  3. ^ Wilson 1985, pp. 92–93.
  4. ^ a b c "Former cabinet minister dies". The Dominion. 24 April 1995. p. 3.
  5. ^ "No. 46921". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 June 1976. p. 8056.


New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Harry Combs
Member of Parliament for Onslow
Constituency abolished, recreated in 1993
Title next held by
Peter Dunne
Constituency recreated after abolition in 1870
Title last held by
Alfred Brandon
Member of Parliament for Porirua
Succeeded by
Gerard Wall
New constituency Member of Parliament for Western Hutt
Succeeded by
Brian Lambert
Party political offices
Preceded by
Joe Cotterill
Senior Whip of the Labour Party
Succeeded by
Ron Barclay