Lance Adams-Schneider

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The Right Honourable
Sir Lance Adams-Schneider
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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 Lancelot Raymond Adams
(1919-11-11)11 November 1919
Wellington, New Zealand
Died 3 September 1996(1996-09-03) (aged 76)
Nationality New Zealander
Political party National
Spouse(s) Shirley Lois Brunton
Children Two sons, one daughter
Religion Baptist

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

Lance was born in Wellington, New Zealand to Arthur Adams and Louise Beddle. He was educated at Eastern Hutt Primary School, Petone Memorial Technical College, and Mount Albert Grammar School, Auckland. Lance changed his surname to Adams-Schneider because he was looked after by Mr Leo Schneider. He was told by the Adams family that unless he retained the Adams name then he would be left out of their family wills, and by the Schneider family that unless he took their name he would be left out of their family wills as well. So following a typically political situation he took both names to become Adams-Schneider.

Adams-Schneider stood in the Hutt electorate against Walter Nash in 1957, coming second for National. He then contested and won for National the 1959 Hamilton by-election. He continued to represent the Hamilton electorate until its disestablishment in 1969, after which he represented the Waikato electorate until his retirement in 1981.

He was a Cabinet minister, serving as Minister of Health in 1972 under Prime Minister Jack Marshall, and later Minister of Trade and Industry in Muldoon's Third National Government.[1]

Following his retirement from national politics, Adams-Schneider was appointed 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.[2]

He died on 3 September 1995.[3]


  1. ^ Chris Eichbaum (20 June 2012). "Cabinet government - What cabinet discusses". Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 
  2. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 49769, 15 June 1984. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  3. ^ 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