Peter Shirtcliffe

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Peter Shirtcliffe
Born (1931-07-28)July 28, 1931

George Peter Shirtcliffe, CMG (born 28 July 1931), is a New Zealand businessman. He was the chairman of Telecom New Zealand, New Zealand's largest listed company, from 1990 to 1999.[1] He was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in the 1988 Queen's Birthday Honours, for services to marketing and business management.[2] He received the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal.[3] He is also a Laureate of the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame,[4] a fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (honorary retired) and a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Directors.[5] He was the founding chairman of the Enterprise Education Foundation and later a trustee of the Enterprise New Zealand Trust.[6] He was an active member of the Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve from 1953 to 1967, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Commander.[7]


During the debate over electoral reform in New Zealand in the early 1990s, he led the Campaign for Better Government which unsuccessfully opposed the Mixed Member Proportional system. In the late 2000s, he campaigned for changes to the format of the 2011 referendum.[8][9]


Business career[edit]

  • Director, Telecom Corporation of New Zealand Limited 1999-2001
  • Chairman, Telecom Corporation of New Zealand Limited 1990-1999
  • Deputy Chairman, Telecom Corporation of New Zealand Limited 1987-1990
  • Founding Chairman, New Zealand Trade Development Board 1986-1990
  • Chairman, Venture Pacific Ltd 1986-1989
  • Chief Executive/Managing Director - Goodman Group Limited, and as a Director of its publicly listed associate companies 1976-1985
  • Member Wellington Stock Exchange 1970-76 (Partner Harcourt Longuet & Co.)
  • Non-Executive Director/Deputy Chairman - A.S.Paterson & Co. Limited 1968-1976
  • Directorships at various times of companies engaged in wholesale and retail distribution, food processing, transport, tourism, banking, life insurance, manufacturing (plastics and textiles, agribusiness, telecommunications and airlines

Other Organisations[edit]


  1. ^ "Telecom Chairman to be Succeeded by Chief Executive". 16 February 1999. Retrieved 10 September 2009. 
  2. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 51367, 10 June 1988. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
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  4. ^ "Fairfax New Zealand Business Hall of Fame". 2001. Retrieved 10 December 2009. 
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  6. ^ "Enterprise Matters" (PDF). 2008. Retrieved 14 December 2009. [dead link]
  7. ^ Palmer, Rebecca (3 August 2009). "Tired, hungry but happy on national service". The Dominion Post. 
  8. ^ Shirtcliffe, Peter (20 October 2008). "A Political Priority". The New Zealand Centre for Political Research. Retrieved 10 September 2009. 
  9. ^ Watkins, Tracy (7 September 2009). "MMP may be back for debate". The Dominion Post. Archived from the original on 7 September 2009. 
  10. ^ "Enterprise Matters" (PDF). 2008. Retrieved 14 December 2009. [dead link]

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