Phil Holloway

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The Honourable
Phil Holloway
Phil Holloway.jpg
Minister of Industries and Commerce
In office
Preceded by Eric Halstead
Succeeded by Jack Marshall
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Heretaunga
In office
1954 – 1960
Preceded by new constituency
Succeeded by Ron Bailey
Personal details
Born 22 March 1917
Hokitika, New Zealand
Died 28 May 2003
New Zealand
Political party Labour
Relations Liddy Holloway (daughter)
Joel Tobeck (grandson)
Religion Catholic
Military service
Allegiance New Zealand Army
Years of service 1940–45
Rank British&Commonwealth-Army-2Lt(1920-1953).svg Second Lieutenant
Unit 26th Battalion
Battles/wars World War II

Philip North Holloway, CMG (22 March 1917 – 28 May 2003), was a New Zealand politician of the Labour Party.

Early life[edit]

Holloway was born in Hokitika in 1917, and received his secondary education at Waitaki Boys' High School. He attended the University of Otago, but did not finish his degree because he went overseas. He was a door-to-door salesmen for vacuum cleaners in England before undertaking more study at Boston University.[1]

When WWII broke out, Holloway returned to New Zealand to join the army. He was a second lieutenant with the 26th Battalion, and saw service in North Africa and Italy.[1]

Political career[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1954–1957 31st Heretaunga Labour
1957–1960 32nd Heretaunga Labour

After the war, he stood in the 1946 election in the Manawatu electorate, but was defeated by the incumbent, Matthew Oram of the National Party.[2] In the 1951 election, he unsuccessfully stood in the Otaki electorate.[3]

He represented the Heretaunga electorate from 1954 to 1960, when he retired.[4] He was Minister of Industries and Commerce from 1957 to 1960 in the Second Labour Government.[5] In that role, he was involved in the negotiations with Australia and eventually led to the free trade agreement. In Truth (NZ) Ltd v Holloway, he sued the tabloid newspaper New Zealand Truth for libel and, after a court case that lasted 14 months, he was awarded £11,000 in damages.[1]

He was a "loyal Orangeman" and disliked the Catholic Irish. After Parliament, he was the New Zealand manager of the Chandris Shipping Line,[6] then was appointed Ambassador to Italy and High Commissioner to Malta from 1973 to 1976 by the Third Labour Government.[1]

In the 1987 Queen's Birthday Honours, Holloway was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George, for public services.[7]


Holloway died on 28 May 2003. He was survived by his second wife Beverley, two daughters and one son.[1] One of the daughters was actor and writer Liddy Holloway, and a grandson was actor Joel Tobeck.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e Falconer, Phoebe (7 June 2003). "Obituary: Philip Holloway". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "The General Election, 1946". National Library. 1947. p. 5. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "The New Zealand Official Year-Book, 1951–52". Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 206.
  5. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 89.
  6. ^ Freer, Warren W (2004). A Lifetime in Politics: the memoirs of Warren Freer. Wellington: Victoria University Press. pp. 128,136. ISBN 0-86473-478-6. 
  7. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 50950, 12 June 1987. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  8. ^ Liddy Holloway - Biography. New Zealand On Screen. Retrieved 20 January 2013.


  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. 
New Zealand Parliament
New constituency Member of Parliament for Heretaunga
Succeeded by
Ron Bailey