Peter Neilson (politician born 1954)

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Peter Neilson (born 12 July 1954) was a New Zealand politician of the Labour Party.

Early life and career[edit]

Neilson was born on 12 July 1954 in Birmingham, England and moved to New Zealand in 1958 with his family. He was educated at Glendowie College and University of Auckland, where he graduated with a bachelor of commerce in 1977. He had one son and one daughter with his wife Megan Clark.[1]

Political career[edit]

Neilson joined the Labour Party in 1972 and stood for the Auckland Regional Authority in the 1974 local elections on a Labour ticket. He was later Labour's campaign chairman at the 1977 local elections, chair of the Tamaki electorate committee, Secretary of Labour's Youth Council and Treasurer of the Wellington Labour Local Body Committee [2]

Member of Parliament[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1981–1984 40th Miramar Labour
1984–1987 41st Miramar Labour
1987–1990 42nd Miramar Labour

He represented the Wellington electorate of Miramar in Parliament from 1981 to 1990, when he was defeated by Graeme Reeves.[3]

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the construction of New Zealand's first state house located in the Miramar electorate, Neilson and Minister of Housing, Helen Clark, carried a coffee table through the same door that former Prime Minister Michael Joseph Savage had done 50 years before. The stunt was referred to as an act of "overt symbolism".[4]

Cabinet Minister[edit]

In 1984 Neilson was appointed a Parliamentary Under-Secretary to Minister of Trade and Industry during Fourth Labour Government of New Zealand.[5] In Labour's second term Neilson was a member of the New Zealand Cabinet from 1987–1990. He was Minister of Revenue, Customs, Works and Development and Associate Minister for State‑Owned Enterprises and Finance.[6]

Later activities[edit]

From 2011 until 2016 he was chief executive of the New Zealand Financial Services Council.[7]


  1. ^ Who's Who 1987, p. 78.
  2. ^ Who's Who 1987, p. 78-9.
  3. ^ Wilson 1985, pp. 223.
  4. ^ "The first state house". Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  5. ^ Wilson 1985, pp. 98.
  6. ^ "Business Council for Sustainable Development – Peter Neilson". Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  7. ^ Edmunds, Susan (15 February 2016). "Former politician stands down from financial services industry body". Retrieved 2 November 2017.


  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
  • Who's Who in the New Zealand Parliament 1987. Wellington: Parliamentary Service. 1987.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Bill Young
Member of Parliament for Miramar
Succeeded by
Graeme Reeves