Ian Brooks

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New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1970–1972 36th Marlborough Labour
1972–1975 37th Marlborough Labour

Ian James Brooks (born 21 April 1928) is a former New Zealand politician of the Labour Party.

Brooks was born in Blenheim on 21 April 1928, the son of Ernest Brooks. He received his education at Marlborough College, which has since evolved to Marlborough Boys' College. He worked in the grocery trade for eight years and was then a senior clerk at the New Zealand Post Office for twenty years.[1] He was a part-time farmer,[2] and his 1940s Allis-Chalmers model C tractor is on display at Marlborough Museum.[3]

In 1954, he married Lowis Rita Terrill, the daughter of Leonard Terrill. They had two sons and two daughters.[1]

Brooks unsuccessfully contested the Marlborough electorate in the 1969 election, but he was beaten by the incumbent, Tom Shand of the National Party.[4] After Shand's death only days after the general election, Brooks had a decisive win against Shand's son in the resulting by-election in February 1970[5] turning a 2500 vote loss from three months earlier into and 1100 vote winning margin.[6] The Police once urged him to cancel an electorate meeting in Hanmer Springs as they had received a death threat against him over his opposition to the Vietnam War.[6] He held the Marlborough electorate until he was defeated in 1975 by National's Edward Latter for what was usually a safe National seat.[7] He stood once more in the 1978 election but was narrowly defeated by National's Doug Kidd.

In his spare time, Brooks enjoys growing bulbs.[1] His parents were in The Salvation Army and Brooks joined them as a child, and remains an active member in Blenheim. He plays a bass saxhorn in The Salvation Army band.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Traue, James Edward, ed. (1978). Who's Who in New Zealand (11th ed.). Wellington: Reed. p. 69. 
  2. ^ "In the News" (PDF). The Marlborough Pictorial (77). December 1972. p. 7. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "Tractors and Crawlers from the collection of the Marlborough Vintage Farm Machinery Society Inc". Marlborough Museum. Retrieved 29 August 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. ^ "Labour wins Marlborough By-election". The Dominion. 23 February 1970. p. 3. 
  6. ^ a b Lewis, Oliver (20 October 2016). "Labour's last MP for Marlborough Ian Brooks talks records and death threats". The Marlborough Express. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
  7. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 185. OCLC 154283103. 
  8. ^ Duggan, Kat (1 September 2014). "Band plays on for soldier of salvation". The Marlborough Express. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 

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New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Tom Shand
Member of Parliament for Marlborough
Succeeded by
Edward Latter