Peter Simpson (writer)

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The Honourable Dr
Peter Simpson
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Lyttelton
In office
1987 – 1990
Preceded by Ann Hercus
Succeeded by Gail McIntosh
Personal details
Born 1942
Takaka, New Zealand
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Helen (born 1943)
Children Stephen (born 1970)
Emily (born 1971)

Peter Alan Simpson (b. 1942) is a writer, literary critic, and former New Zealand politician of the Labour Party.[1]

Early life[edit]

Simpson was born in Takaka in 1942. He attended Nelson College. He gained a MA (Hons) from the University of Canterbury and a PhD from the University of Toronto.[1]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1987–1990 42nd Lyttelton Labour

He represented the electorate of Lyttelton in Parliament from 1987 to 1990, when he was defeated by Gail McIntosh, one of a number of losses contributing to the fall of the Fourth Labour Government.

Professional life[edit]

Simpson had been teaching English since the 1960s at various universities. He was at Massey University, University of Toronto and Carleton University.[1] In his last teaching role, he was at the University of Auckland as Associate Professor in the Department of English, and head of English, roles from which he retired in 2008.[2][3]

He is the director of Holloway Press, set up at the University of Auckland in 1994 and named after Ron Holloway (1909–2003), a renowned university printer and publisher.[4][5][6]

Private life[edit]

Simpson lives in Auckland. He is married to Helen (b. 1943 in Christchurch). They have two children.


  1. ^ a b c "Peter Simpson at the NZ Book Council". Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  2. ^ "Peter Simpson staff page". Archived from the original on 15 October 2008. Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  3. ^ "Peter Simpson 1942 - (Person)". Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  4. ^ "Peter Simpson". Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  5. ^ "About the Press". Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  6. ^ Simpson, Peter. "Ronald Holloway 1909 - 2003 - Obituary". Holloway Press. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Ann Hercus
Member of Parliament for Lyttelton
Succeeded by
Gail McIntosh