John Kennedy-Good

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Sir John Kennedy-Good
15th Mayor of Lower Hutt
In office
Preceded by Percy Dowse
Succeeded by Glen Evans
Personal details
Born (1915-08-08)8 August 1915
Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia
Died 11 July 2005(2005-07-11) (aged 89)
Auckland, New Zealand
Spouse(s) June Clement Mackay (m. 1940)
Occupation Dentist

Sir John Kennedy-Good KBE QSO JP (8 August 1915 – 11 July 2005) was a New Zealand politician. He was mayor of Lower Hutt from 1970 to 1986.


Kennedy-Good was born in 1915 in Goulburn, New South Wales, where his father was working as a stock and station agent. The family later moved to Invercargill, New Zealand, where they ran a butcher's shop. Kennedy-Good was educated at Southland Boys' High School[1] and graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 1940.[2]

In 1940, he opened a dental practice in Lower Hutt and married June Clement Mackay, with whom he would have seven children. He served as president of the Wellington branch of the New Zealand Dental Association in 1950 and chair of the Dental Health Council in 1952.[1]

Kennedy-Good became involved in local politics through the issue of fluoridation of Lower Hutt's water supply,[3] which he supported, and was first elected to the Lower Hutt City Council in 1962.[1] He became mayor in 1970 following the death of incumbent Percy Dowse, and was re-elected to that post at the next five local-body elections, retiring in 1986.[1]

He twice stood unsuccessfully as the National Party candidate for the New Zealand parliament in the Hutt electorate: in the 1966 general election against Walter Nash; and against Trevor Young in the 1968 by-election following Nash's death.[1]

He was appointed a Companion of the Queen's Service Order for public services in the 1977 Silver Jubilee and Queen's Birthday Honours[4] and a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire for service to local government and the community in the 1983 New Year Honours.[5] The Kennedy-Good Bridge in Lower Hutt is named in his honour.[1]

In retirement, Kennedy-Good lived at Pāuanui and later Whanagaparāoa.[1] He died in Auckland in 2005[1] and was buried at Christ Church Cemetery in Taitā.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Dekker, Diana (14 July 2005). "Hutt's parochial mayor". Dominion Post. p. 7. 
  2. ^ "NZ university graduates 1870–1961: G". Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Obituary: Sir John Kennedy-Good". New Zealand Herald. 23 July 2005. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 47237. p. 7129. 11 June 1977. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 49214. p. 47. 31 December 1982. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Sir John Kennedy-Good". Billion Graves. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Percy Dowse
Mayor of Lower Hutt
Succeeded by
Glen Evans