Roger McClay

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Roger Neville McClay, QSO (born 6 February 1945) is a former New Zealand politician and convicted fraudster.

Early life[edit]

McClay was born in 1945. He attended secondary school at Wesley College, Auckland.

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1981–1984 40th Taupo National
1984–1987 41st Waikaremoana National
1987–1990 42nd Waikaremoana National
1990–1993 43rd Waikaremoana National
1993–1996 44th Waikaremoana National

A teacher by profession, he was an MP from 1981 to 1996, representing the National Party. He was first elected to Parliament in the 1981 election as MP for Taupo,[1] defeating the incumbent Labour MP, Jack Ridley.

In the 1984 election, he contested and won the new seat of Waikaremoana,[1] which he held until he retired at the 1996 election.[2] He became Minister of Youth Affairs and Associate Minister of Education and Social Welfare during the Third National Government.[3] He later held the role of Commissioner for Children.

His son Todd McClay was elected as the National Party Member of Parliament for Rotorua at the 2008 general election.

Post-parliament career[edit]

In the 2005 New Year Honours, McClay was made a Companion of the Queen's Service Order (QSO).[4] McClay was the chairman for Keep New Zealand Beautiful until July 2009. He has been involved in a number of other charities, including the New Zealand Spinal Trust,[5] World Vision, Heart Children New Zealand, Variety, the Children's Charity and For the Sake of Children.[3] In March 2010 he was charged with misuse of taxpayer-subsidised flights.[6] In August the same year he pleaded guilty.[7] He repaid the two charities that he had defrauded, Keep New Zealand Beautiful and World Vision.[8] He was convicted and given a sentence of 300 hours of community work.In addition he was stripped of his travel benefits by the Parliamentary Services Commission.[9]


  1. ^ a b Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 214. OCLC 154283103. 
  2. ^ Clark, Helen (27 August 1996). "Valedictories". Hansard. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Savage, Jared (19 December 2009). "Charity records seized in inquiry into former MP". The New Zealand Herald. 
  4. ^ "New Year Honours List 2005". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2004. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  5. ^ Savage, Jared (5 December 2009). "Police probe ex-MP's expenses". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  6. ^ Savage, Jared (6 March 2010). "Ex-MP in court on expenses charges". The New Zealand Herald. 
  7. ^ "Former MP admits defrauding charity". ONE News. Television New Zealand. 16 August 2010. 
  8. ^ Savage, Jared (26 August 2010). "McClay offers no apologies for charity double dip". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  9. ^ Savage, Jared (25 August 2010). "McClay sentenced to community service". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 25 August 2010.