Lance Adams-Schneider

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The Right Honourable
Sir Lance Adams-Schneider
10th Ambassador to the United States
In office
President Ronald Reagan
Prime Minister

Robert Muldoon

David Lange
Preceded by Frank Gill
Succeeded by Sir Wallace Rowling
4th Ambassador to Mexico
In office
President Miguel de la Madrid
Prime Minister Robert Muldoon
Preceded by Frank Gill
Succeeded by Peter Fairfax
21st Minister of Health
In office
9 February 1972 – 8 December 1972
Prime Minister Jack Marshall
Preceded by Donald McKay
Succeeded by Bob Tizard
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Waikato
In office
1969 – 1981
Succeeded by Simon Upton
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Hamilton
In office
1959 – 1969
Preceded by Hilda Ross
Personal details
Born (1919-11-11)11 November 1919
Died 3 September 1996(1996-09-03) (aged 76)
Political party National

Sir Lancelot Raymond "Lance" Adams-Schneider KCMG (11 November 1919 – 3 September 1995) was a New Zealand politician of the National Party.


Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1959–1960 32nd Hamilton National
1960–1963 33rd Hamilton National
1963–1966 34th Hamilton National
1966–1969 35th Hamilton National
1969–1972 36th Waikato National
1972–1975 37th Waikato National
1975–1978 38th Waikato National
1978–1981 39th Waikato National

Adams-Schneider stood in the Hutt electorate against Walter Nash in 1957, coming second for National. He then represented the Hamilton electorate from the 1959 by-election to 1969, and then the Waikato electorate from 1969 to 1981, when he retired.

He was a Cabinet minister, serving as Minister of Health. He was later the Ambassador from New Zealand to the United States (1982–85) and to Mexico (1982–83).

In the 1984 Queen's Birthday Honours, Adams-Schneider was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George, for public services.[1]

He died on 3 September 1995.[2]


  1. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 49769, 15 June 1984. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  2. ^ Obituary - Rt Hon. Sir Lancelot Raymond Adams-Schneider. New Zealand Hansard: 12 September 1995. Retrieved 6 February 2013.

Further reading[edit]

  • Industrial Development Seminar [Industrial Development Seminar ( 1966: Hamilton, N.Z.)] (2nd ed.), Hamilton, [N.Z.]: n.p., 1966 
  • Adams-Schneider's contribution was the closing address [in Hamilton on Saturday 20 November 1965]. At this time, he was a Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Ministers of Industries and Commerce and Customs.
  • The New Zealand Institute of Management Inc. Top Management Seminar, July 22 and 23, 1981: management and the effects of government strategy, Wellington, [N.Z.]: New Zealand Institute of Management, 1981 
  • Adams-Schneider's contribution was a paper entitled: "Government industrial and trade strategies: the aim"
  • A report on the practice of sending criminals to mental hospitals ; to: the Minister of Health, the Hon. L.R. Adams-Schneider and the Minister of Justice, the Hon. Sir Roy Jack – April 1972, Wellington, [N.Z.]: n.p., 1972 
  • O'Keefe, John A. B. (1978), The Commerce Act 1975: the text of the statute and its amendments with annotations (2nd ed.), Wellington, [N.Z.]: Butterworths 
  • The first edition had a Foreword by Warren Freer, this second edition has one by Lance Adams-Schneider.
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Donald McKay
Minister of Health
Succeeded by
Bob Tizard
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Frank Gill
Ambassador to Mexico
Succeeded by
Peter Fairfax
Ambassador to the United States
Succeeded by
Sir Wallace Rowling
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Hilda Ross
Member of Parliament for Hamilton
Constituency abolished
Constituency recreated after abolition in 1963
Title last held by
Geoffrey Sim
Member of Parliament for Waikato
Succeeded by
Simon Upton