Minister of Labour (New Zealand)

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The Minister of Labour was the minister in the government responsible for the Department of Labour. The portfolio was established in 1892, a year after the Department of Labour was formed, and was abolished on 1 July 2012, when it was replaced by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Today, the duties of the Minister of Labour are assumed by the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety.

Office-holders[edit]

The following MPs have held the office of Minister of Labour:[1]

Colour key
(for political parties)

 Liberal    Reform    United    Labour    National  

No. Name Portrait Term of Office Prime Minister
1 William Pember Reeves William Pember Reeves (crop).jpg 31 May 1892 10 January 1896 Ballance
Seddon
2 Richard Seddon Richard Seddon, 1906.jpg 10 January 1896 10 June 1906
3 William Hall-Jones William Hall-Jones 2.jpg 21 June 1906 6 August 1906 Hall-Jones
4 John A. Millar John Andrew Millar.jpg 6 August 1906 6 January 1909 Ward
5 Alexander Hogg Alexander Wilson Hogg, ca 1901(2).jpg 6 January 1909 17 June 1909
(4) John A. Millar John Andrew Millar.jpg 17 June 1909 28 March 1912
5 George Laurenson George Laurenson, 1913.jpg 28 March 1912 10 July 1912 Mackenzie
6 William Massey William Ferguson Massey 1919.jpg 10 July 1912 14 May 1920 Massey
7 William Herries William Herbert Herries, 1921.jpg 17 May 1920 7 February 1921
8 George Anderson No image.png 1 March 1921 26 November 1928
Bell
Coates
9 Robert Alexander Wright Robert Alexander Wright.jpg 28 November 1928 10 December 1928
10 Bill Veitch Bill Veitch.jpg 10 December 1928 28 May 1930 Ward
11 Sydney Smith Sydney George Smith, year unknown.jpg 28 May 1930 22 September 1931 Forbes
12 Adam Hamilton Adam Hamilton (1926).jpg 22 September 1931 6 December 1935
13 Tim Armstrong Tim Armstrong 1935.jpg 6 December 1935 13 December 1938 Savage
Fraser
14 Paddy Webb Paddy Webb.jpg 13 December 1938 27 June 1946
15 James O'Brien Jim O'Brien.jpg 27 June 1946 19 December 1946
16 Angus McLagan Angus McLagan.tif 19 December 1946 12 December 1949
17 Bill Sullivan Bill Sullivan.jpg 13 December 1949 13 February 1957 Holland
18 John McAlpine No image.png 13 February 1957 12 December 1957
Holyoake
19 Fred Hackett Fred Hackett, 1958.JPG 12 December 1957 12 December 1960 Nash
20 Tom Shand Tom Shand.jpg 12 December 1960 11 December 1969 Holyoake
21 Jack Marshall Jack Marshall Bundesarchiv B 145 Bild-F011973-0020 cropped.jpg 12 December 1966 7 February 1972
22 David Thomson David Spence Thomson.jpg 7 February 1972 8 December 1972 Marshall
23 Hugh Watt Hugh Watt.jpg 8 December 1972 10 September 1974 Kirk
24 Arthur Faulkner Arthur Faulkner.jpg 10 September 1974 12 December 1975 Rowling
20 Peter Gordon No image.png 12 December 1975 11 December 1981 Muldoon
21 Jim Bolger Jim Bolger at press conference cropped.jpg 13 December 1981 26 July 1984
22 Stan Rodger No image.png 26 July 1984 8 August 1989 Lange
24 Helen Clark Helen Clark UNDP 2010.jpg 4 August 1989 2 November 1990 Palmer
Moore
25 Bill Birch Bill Birch.jpg 2 November 1990 3 October 1991 Bolger
26 Maurice McTigue No image.png 27 March 1993 21 December 1993
27 Doug Kidd No image.png 21 December 1993 16 December 1996
28 Max Bradford Max Bradford.jpg 16 December 1996 5 December 1999
Shipley
29 Margaret Wilson Margaret Wilson Senate of Poland 01.JPG 5 December 1999 26 February 2004 Clark
30 Paul Swain Paul Swain (cropped).jpg 26 February 2004 19 October 2005
31 Ruth Dyson Ruth Dyson, 2011.jpg 19 October 2005 5 November 2007
32 Trevor Mallard Trevor Mallard 2 (cropped).jpg 5 November 2007 19 November 2008
33 Kate Wilkinson Kate Wilkinson crop.jpg 19 November 2008 6 November 2012 Key
Chris Finlayson
Acting Minister
Chris Finlayson-Net Hui 2011.jpg 6 November 2012 31 January 2013
34 Simon Bridges Simon-Bridges-Free-Crop.jpg 31 January 2013 6 October 2014

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Wilson 1985, pp. 71–97.

References[edit]

  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.