Robert Coulter (New Zealand politician)

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Robert Coulter
Robert Coulter.jpg
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Waikato
In office
27 November 1935 – 15 October 1938
Preceded by Frederick Lye
Succeeded by William Goosman
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Raglan
In office
25 September 1943 – 31 December 1945†
Preceded by Lee Martin
Succeeded by Hallyburton Johnstone
Personal details
Born 1891
Christchurch, New Zealand
Died 31 December 1945
Political party Labour

Robert Coulter (1891 – 31 December 1945) was a New Zealand politician of the Labour Party.


New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1935–1938 25th Waikato Labour
1943–1945 27th Raglan Labour

Born in 1891 in Christchurch[1] and died December 1945, during which time Robert Coulter represented the Waikato electorate from 1935 to 1938,[2] when he was defeated by National's William Goosman.[3]

He settled in Te Aroha in 1904 and was a member of the Te Aroha Borough Council for more than 20 years, and had been for many years Mayor, when re-elected MP in 1943. He was associated for a number of years with the Northern Athletic Union, the Thames Harbour Board and the Te Aroha Fire Board. He was defeated in Hauraki in 1938 by Lieutenant- Colonel J. M. Allen.[1]

He then represented the Raglan electorate from 1943 to 1945, when he died.[2] He was succeeded by Hallyburton Johnstone of National in 1946.[4] Robert Coulter was elected twice in rural electorates that usually returned Reform or National MPs.


  1. ^ a b "Who's Who". Auckland Star. 1943-09-27. p. 3. Retrieved 2016-01-02. 
  2. ^ a b Wilson 1985, p. 191.
  3. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 200.
  4. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 208.


  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Frederick Lye
Member of Parliament for Waikato
Succeeded by
William Goosman
Preceded by
Lee Martin
Member of Parliament for Raglan
Succeeded by
Hallyburton Johnstone