Minister of Railways (New Zealand)

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Minister of Railways of New Zealand
Style The Honourable
Appointer Prime Minister of New Zealand
Formation 24 November 1895
Abolished 19 October 1993

The Minister of Railways was the minister in the government responsible for the New Zealand Railways Department 1895–1981, the New Zealand Railways Corporation 1981–1993, and New Zealand Rail Limited 1990–1993. The portfolio was established in 1895, 15 years after the Railways Department was formed, and was abolished in 1993, when New Zealand Rail Limited was privatised. Today, KiwiRail is answerable to both the Minister of State Owned Enterprises, and the Minister of Transport.

Office-holders[edit]

Plaque next to main entrance of Hamilton Railway Station - opened by Hon Ron Bailey, 1975

The following MPs have held the office of Minister of Railways:[1][2]

Colour key
(for political parties)

 Liberal  
 Reform  
 United  
 Labour  
 National  

No. Name Portrait Term of Office Prime Minister
1 Alfred Cadman Alfred Jerome Cadman (Cropped).jpg 1 January 1895 21 December 1899 Seddon
2 Joseph Ward Joseph Ward 1890.jpg 5 January 1900 6 August 1906
Hall-Jones
3 William Hall-Jones William Hall-Jones 2.jpg 6 August 1906 30 November 1908 Ward
4 John A. Millar John Andrew Millar.jpg 6 January 1909 28 March 1912
5 Arthur Myers Arthur Mielziener Myers Portrait.jpg 28 March 1912 10 July 1912 Mackenzie
6 William Herries William Herbert Herries, 1921.jpg 10 July 1912 3 September 1919 Massey
7 William Massey William Ferguson Massey 1919.jpg 3 September 1919 16 May 1922
8 David Guthrie No image.png 16 May 1922 6 June 1923
9 Gordon Coates Joseph Gordon Coates, 1931.jpg 6 June 1923 10 December 1928
Bell
Coates
10 William Burgoyne Taverner William Burgoyne Taverner.jpg 10 December 1928 28 May 1930 Ward
11 Bill Veitch Bill Veitch.jpg 28 May 1930 22 September 1931 Forbes
12 George Forbes George William Forbes.jpg 22 September 1931 6 December 1935
13 Dan Sullivan Daniel Giles Sullivan (1941).jpg 6 December 1935 12 December 1941 Savage
Fraser
14 Bob Semple Bob Semple, 1935.jpg 12 December 1941 12 December 1949
15 William Goosman William Goosman.jpg 13 December 1949 26 November 1954 Holland
16 John McAlpine No image.png 26 November 1954 12 December 1957
Holyoake
17 Michael Moohan Michael Moohan MP.jpg 12 December 1957 12 December 1960 Nash
(16) John McAlpine No image.png 12 December 1960 12 December 1966 Holyoake
17 Peter Gordon No image.png 12 December 1966 8 December 1972
Marshall
18 Tom McGuigan No image.png 8 December 1972 10 September 1974 Kirk
19 Ron Bailey Ron Bailey.jpg 10 September 1974 12 December 1975 Rowling
20 Colin McLachlan No image.png 12 December 1975 11 December 1981 Muldoon
21 George Gair George Gair.jpg 11 December 1981 26 July 1984
22 Richard Prebble Richard Prebble.jpg 26 July 1984 4 November 1988 Lange
23 Stan Rodger No image.png 4 November 1988 9 February 1990
Palmer
(22) Richard Prebble Richard Prebble.jpg 9 February 1990 2 November 1990
Moore
24 Doug Kidd No image.png 2 November 1990 3 October 1991 Bolger
25 Maurice McTigue No image.png 3 October 1991 1 July 1993
26 Wyatt Creech Wyatt Creech.jpg 1 July 1993 21 December 1993
27 Philip Burdon No image.png 21 December 1993 2 March 1994

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Wilson 1985, pp. 72–97.
  2. ^ Leitch & Stott 1988, Appendix two - Ministers of Railways 1895 - 1988.

References[edit]

  • Leitch, David Bruce; Stott, Bob (1988). New Zealand Railways - The First 125 Years. Birkenhead, Auckland: Heinemann Reed. ISBN 0-7900-0000-8. 
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.