Mervyn Probine

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Mervyn Probine
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Chairman of the State Services Commission
In office
Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, David Lange
Preceded by Dr. Robin M. Williams CB. CBE. MA. PHD HONLLD
Succeeded by Dr. Roderick Deane
Personal details
Born 30 April 1924
Died 17 April 2010(2010-04-17) (aged 85)
BeachHaven Hospital, Auckland

Mervyn Charles Probine, CB, FRSNZ (30 April 1924 – 17 April 2010[1]), was Chairman of the State Services Commission in New Zealand.

Probine joined the DSIR as a draughtsman in 1942. He obtained a PhD in physics from the University of Leeds. In 1967, he was appointed Director of the Physics and Engineering Laboratory (PEL), and then ten years later, was promoted to Assistant Director-General. Probine joined the State Services Commission in 1979.[2]

Probine was the Chairman of the State Services Commission when the Official Information Act 1982 was passed and when the Equal Employment Opportunities Unit (EEOU) was set up. The EEOU was in charge of promoting access to employment opportunities for ethnic minorities, women, and the disabled, and monitoring these across the New Zealand public service.

In the 1986 New Year Honours, Probine was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath.[3]

He was born in Auckland, and married Marjorie Walker in 1949. They had two children.


  1. ^ "Former State Services Commission boss dies". NZPA. 19 April 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Henderson, Alan. The Quest for Efficiency:The Origins of the State Services Commission. ISBN 0-477-05538-9. 
  3. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 50362, 30 December 1985. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  • Notable New Zealanders (1979, Paul Hamblyn, Auckland)