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|Member of the New Zealand Parliament for Auckland Central|
29 November 1975 – 6 November 1993
|Preceded by||Norman Douglas|
|Succeeded by||Sandra Lee|
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament for Wellington Central|
12 October 1996 – 27 November 1999
|Preceded by||Electorate re-created|
|Succeeded by||Marian Hobbs|
7 February 1948|
|Political party||ACT New Zealand (1996 – 2004)|
|Labour (until 1996)|
Richard William Prebble, CBE (born 7 February 1948), was for many years a member of the New Zealand Parliament. Initially a member of the Labour Party, he joined the newly formed ACT New Zealand party under Roger Douglas in 1996, becoming its leader from 1996–2004.
Early and personal life
Prebble was born in Kent, England, to Kenneth Ralph Prebble and Mary Prebble (née Thoad), and raised in Auckland. His father was an Anglo-Catholic Anglican priest, and a leader in the Charismatic Renewal as archdeacon at St. Pauls, on retirement he and Mary were received into the Roman Catholic Church.
Prebble's older brother, John Prebble QC, is a law professor at Victoria University of Wellington. His younger brother, Mark Prebble was the State Services Commissioner and head of New Zealand's public service. John's daughter Antonia Prebble is an actor with a number of television roles.
Prebble has been married three times. His first wife was Nancy Cocks, and his second was Doreen Kuper, a former Honorary Consul for the Solomon Islands in New Zealand. His current wife is former Press Gallery radio journalist Ngahuia Wade.
Member of Parliament
|New Zealand Parliament|
1975 election to 1984
From 1975 to 1984 Labour was in opposition, and Ross Meurant recalled that:
- Sir Rob has often said that when he was in government, the most irritating and damaging of his opponents was Richard Prebble. "Always at it" said Sir Rob, "Always a bother to us. Even if some thought he was mad the way he carried on, we never knew what he was going to come up with next."
1984 and 1987 elections
When the Fourth Labour Government was formed after the 1984 elections, Prebble aligned himself with Roger Douglas, the controversial Minister of Finance, and was an associate finance minister. Douglas, Prebble and David Caygill were together dubbed "the Treasury Troika", and were responsible for most of the economic reform undertaken by the Labour government. The "Rogernomics" reforms, which were based on free market economic theory, were unpopular with many traditional Labour supporters.
1990 and 1993 elections
ACT New Zealand
New Zealand switched to the mixed-member proportional (MMP) representation electoral system in 1996. Roger Douglas established the ACT New Zealand party, and was joined by Prebble. In March 1996, Douglas stepped down as the new party's leader, and Prebble took over.
In the 1996 election, the first to be held under MMP, ACT won eight seats in Parliament. Prebble won the Wellington Central electorate.
Prebble was re-elected as a list MP and leader of ACT in the 2002 election.
Prebble's book, Out of the Red, was released on 23 October 2006.
- Values not politics: ACT New Zealand campaign manifesto: general election 1996, Auckland, [N.Z.]: ACT New Zealand, 1996, ISBN 0-477-01901-3
- Values not politics: the first 1000 days, Wellington, [N.Z.]: ACT New Zealand Parliamentary Office, 2000, ISBN 0-477-01901-3
- ACT Members of Parliament. (2001), Closing the gaps: policy papers, Wellington, [N.Z.]: ACT New Zealand Parliamentary Office, ISBN 0-9582178-1-5
- Prebble's contribution was the paper: "New Zealand: tenth by 2010."
- from ACT Members of Parliament. (2002), Old values: new ideas, Wellington, [N.Z.]: ACT New Zealand Parliamentary Office, ISBN 0-477-01964-1
- Prebble's contribution was the paper: "Old values, new ideas."
- Prebble, Richard (1983), Labour's views on Transport Amendment Bill (no. 5) and future transport policy, n.p.: n.p.
- Prebble, Richard (1987), Muldoon vs. Bolger, Wellington, [N.Z.]: R. Prebble
- Prebble, Richard (1996), I've been thinking, Auckland, [N.Z.]: Seaview Publishing, ISBN 1-86958-170-9
- The second edition of this book is entitled Now it's time to act.
- Prebble, Richard (1997), What happens next, Auckland, [N.Z.]: Seascape Press, ISBN 0-473-04859-0
- Prebble, Richard (1999), I've been writing, Wellington, [N.Z.]: Fraser Holland Publishers, ISBN 0-473-06031-0
- Prebble, Richard (2006), Now it's time to act, Auckland,[N.Z.]: Seaview Press, ISBN 1-86958-170-9
- This is the second edition of I've been thinking - containing additional material.
- Prebble, Richard (2006), Out of the red, Rotorua, [N.Z.]: The Letter Ltd., ISBN 0-473-11249-3
- Prebble, Richard; Bassett, Michael; Harris, Peter (1978), Environment, energy, forestry: Labour's 1978 manifesto, Wellington, [N.Z.]: Labour
- Prebble, Richard (1987), National's promises, promises, promises-- : or, how to buy an election with other people's money: or, the world's longest political suicide note, Wellington, [N.Z.]: N.Z. Labour Party
- Prebble, Richard (2003), Liberal thinking, Wellington, [N.Z.]: ACT New Zealand Parliamentary Office, ISBN 0-477-01979-X
- Prebble's contributions are the papers: "Why I do not vote National"; and (co-authored with Deborah Coddington) "Lessons of freedom and choice."
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Richard Prebble.|
- "Kenneth Ralph Prebble". The Dominion Post. 10 July 2008. Archived from the original on 25 January 2009. Retrieved 25 January 2009.
- "Dogged by the past – Uncategorized – The Listener". Listener.co.nz. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
- "Today in politics". Fairfax New Zealand. 9 February 2013.
- Meurant, Ross The Beat to the Beehive (1989, Harlen Books, Auckland) ISBN 978-0-908757-05-3 p. 174
- Bassett, Michael (2008). Working with David: Inside the Lange Cabinet. Auckland: Hodder Moa. pp. 108, 279.
- London Gazette (supplement), No.53894, 30 December 1994. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
|New Zealand Parliament|
| Member of Parliament for Auckland Central
Constituency abolished in 1993
Title last held byChris Laidlaw
| Member of Parliament for Wellington Central
| Minister of Railways