Bob Bell (politician)

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Robert Linfield (Bob) Bell (23 August 1929 – 16 November 2011) was a New Zealand politician of the National Party.


Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1975–1978 38th Gisborne National
1978–1981 39th Gisborne National
1981–1984 40th Gisborne National

Bell was born in Blenheim in 1929. He received his education at Christchurch Boys' High School, Horowhenua College, and Feilding Agricultural High School. He graduated from Lincoln College in 1951.[1]

He married Anne Wilkinson, and they were to have three children: Nigel Linfield Bell, Nicola Anne Bell, and Phillipa Tracey Bell.[citation needed]

Bell joined the National Party in 1958, and was chair of the Kaiti branch from 1962 to 1978.[1] He represented the Gisborne electorate in Parliament from 1975 to 1984,[2] when he was defeated by Allan Wallbank.[3]

Bell died on 16 November 2011 in Tauranga, aged 82.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b Gustafson 1986, p. 299.
  2. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 183.
  3. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 243.
  4. ^ "BELL, Robert (Bob) Linfield". Sunlive. 23 November 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Obituaries — Allan Frederick Peachey, Robert Linfield Bell, Manu Alamein Kopu". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 


  • Gustafson, Barry (1986). The First 50 Years : A History of the New Zealand National Party. Auckland: Reed Methuen. ISBN 0-474-00177-6. 
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.