Ian McKinnon

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Ian McKinnon
23rd Deputy Mayor of Wellington City
In office
2007 - 2013
Preceded by Alick Shaw
Succeeded by Justin Lester
Personal details
Nationality New Zealander
Relatives Don McKinnon
Occupation Headmaster, education consultant, Pro-Chancellor

Ian Duncan McKinnon CNZM QSO JP is a New Zealand educator and local politician, and is a former Deputy Mayor of Wellington.


McKinnon was educated at Nelson College from 1957 to 1961. He went on to Victoria University of Wellington, where he graduated with a BCom, and The University of Auckland, where he was awarded a DipEd.[1]


Teacher administrator[edit]

McKinnon began his teaching career at King's College, Auckland. He has been Headmaster of a number of prominent private schools in New Zealand, including Wanganui Collegiate School (1980–88), and Scots College (1992–2002). He was also Lower Master at Eton College in the UK from 1988.[2]

At Wanganui Collegiate, he steered the school through a period of sustained pupil growth, despite the fall-off of its traditional catchment area – the education of central North Island farmer's sons, in the wake of the removal of state produce subsidies.

Educational consultancy work[edit]

Since 2002, McKinnon has practised as an education consultant. He was appointed Chairman of the Correspondence School and until its merger with Victoria University of Wellington was Chairman of the Council of the Wellington College of Education.[3]

He is on the University Council of Victoria University of Wellington, after being Chancellor for a number of years.[3]

Local government[edit]

McKinnon is a former Deputy Mayor of Wellington City Council.[4]

He retired from the Wellington City Council at the 2013 local government elections, and was succeeded by Justin Lester as Deputy Mayor of Wellington.

Service awards[edit]

In 1990, McKinnon was awarded the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal and in the 1991 Queen's Birthday Honours he was appointed a Companion of the Queen's Service Order for community service.[5] In the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours, McKinnon was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education and the community.[6] He was made a Freeman of the City of London in 1992 and is a Justice of the Peace.

Family connections[edit]

McKinnon has a number of famous siblings, including Don McKinnon – a former New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, and Malcolm McKinnon – a university professor at Victoria University of Wellington. John McKinnon is New Zealand Defence Secretary.

McKinnon's father was Chief of General Staff, Major General Walter McKinnon, CB, CBE. The McKinnon brothers are great-great-grandsons of John Plimmer, known as the father of Wellington.[7]


  1. ^ Nelson College Old Boys' Register, 1856–2006, 6th edition
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Council member profiles". Victoria.ac.nz. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  4. ^ "Councillor - Ian McKinnon". Wellington City Council. Archived from the original on 8 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "No. 52564". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 June 1991. pp. 29–36. 
  6. ^ Queen's Birthday Honours List 2013. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  7. ^ Dominion Post 18 June 2009 page C2

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