Robin Gray (New Zealand politician)
Sir Robin Gray
|23rd Speaker of the House of Representatives|
|Prime Minister||Jim Bolger|
|Preceded by||Kerry Burke|
|Succeeded by||Peter Tapsell|
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament
1978 – 1996
|Preceded by||Peter Gordon|
2 July 1931 |
Sir Robert "Robin" McDowall Gray (born 2 July 1931) is a former New Zealand politician. He was an MP from 1978 to 1996, and served as Speaker of the House of Representatives between 1990 and 1993.
Member of Parliament
|New Zealand Parliament|
Gray became the National Party's Junior Whip in 1985 and the Senior Whip in 1987.
Speaker of the House of Representatives
When National won office in the 1990 elections, Gray was made Speaker of the House of Representatives. After the 1993 elections, however, the National Party held a majority of only a single seat – as the Speaker could not vote, re-appointing Gray to the Speakership would leave Parliament deadlocked. National therefore offered the Speakership to Peter Tapsell of the Labour Party. Gray was appointed to the sinecure of Minister of State, and also became Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs.
As Speaker of the House of Representatives, Gray was entitled to the title of The Honourable and became The Hon. Sir Robert "Robin" McDowall Gray which is a title he was granted for the rest of his life after leaving parliament.
Life after Parliament
Gray effectively retired following his stepping down as an MP but still makes occasional appearances and commentary at various Conferences around New Zealand. He has undertaken mild criticism aimed at the National Party for failing to promote Members interests at conferences to which he achieved a degree of success in ensuring Delegate's had more opportunity for engagement at the formal meetings.
Gray also sits as the Founding President on the Board of Trustees for the New Zealand Business and Parliament Trust.
- "Biographies of Former and Current Speakers of the New Zealand House of Representatives". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
- London Gazette (supplement), No. 53528, 30 December 1993. Retrieved 9 January 2013.
- "Retention of the Title "The Honourable"". The New Zealand Gazette: 718. 10 February 1994. 1084. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
- "Change of heart for National Party | Otago Daily Times Online News : Otago, South Island, New Zealand & International News". Odt.co.nz. 2012-04-30. Retrieved 2016-04-28.
- "History » The New Zealand Business & Parliament Trust | www.nzbpt.nz". Nzbpt.org.nz. 1991-12-11. Retrieved 2016-04-28.
|Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives
|New Zealand Parliament|
|Member of Parliament for Clutha