Russell Marshall

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Russell Marshall

Russell Marshall.jpg
23rd High Commissioner from New Zealand to the United Kingdom
In office
4 January 2002 – 4 January 2005
Preceded byPaul East
Succeeded byJonathan Hunt
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Wanganui
In office
5 July 1972 – 9 April 1990
Preceded byBill Tolhurst
Succeeded byCam Campion
Personal details
Born (1936-02-15) 15 February 1936 (age 83)
Nelson, New Zealand
Political partyLabour
Barbara May Watson (m. 1961)
RelationsKerry Marshall (brother)

Cedric Russell Marshall CNZM (born 15 February 1936), known as Russell Marshall, is a former New Zealand politician of the Labour Party and diplomat.

Early life and family[edit]

Marshall was born in Nelson in 1936.[1] His father Cedric Marshall served as secretary of the Nelson Labour Party, then as its president, and was president of the Nelson Trades Council. Russell is the older brother of Kerry Marshall, a former mayor of both Nelson and Tasman District.[2] He attended Nelson College from 1949 to 1952.[3] He trained as a primary school teacher at Christchurch Teachers' College (1953–54), taught in the Nelson Education Board district in 1955–56, and at Wanganui High School in 1972. He was a Methodist minister from 1960 to 1972, serving in Spreydon and Halswell, Christchurch (1960–67) and in Masterton (1967–71).[4]

Marshall married Barbara May Watson at St John's Methodist Church in Nelson in 1961.[5] His brother, Kerry Marshall, married Barbara's sister, Colleen Watson.[2]

Member of Parliament[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1972–1975 37th Wanganui Labour
1975–1978 38th Wanganui Labour
1978–1981 39th Wanganui Labour
1981–1984 40th Wanganui Labour
1984–1987 41st Wanganui Labour
1987–1990 42nd Wanganui Labour

He represented the Wanganui electorate from 1972 to 1990, when he retired.[6] Senior Opposition Whip in 1977–78, he was a Cabinet Minister from 1984 to 1990;[7] Minister of Education (1984–1987), Minister of Foreign Affairs (1987–1990), Minister for the Environment (1984–1986), Minister of Conservation (1986–1987), Minister of Disarmament and Arms Control (1987–1989) and Minister of Pacific Island Affairs (1988–1990).

After parliament[edit]

He chaired the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO from 1990 to 1999, represented New Zealand as representative on the UNESCO Executive Board (1995–1999) and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO (1998–2000). He chaired the Finance and Administration Commission of the Ecxcutive Board in 1998–1999. He was a member of the Commonwealth Observer Mission to the Lesotho elections in 1993, and chaired the Commonwealth Observer Mission to the Seychelles elections later the same year. He chaired the Commonwealth Observer Mission to South Africa (COMSA)in 1994. From 1994 to 2002 he was chairman of the international education consultancy PINZ (Polytehnics International New Zealand) and Education New Zealand from 1998 to 2002. He was High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Nigeria and Ambassador to Ireland (2002–2005). He finally completed his BA degree at the Victoria University of Wellington and graduated in 1993. In 1994 he was elected to the Council of Victoria University, becoming Pro Chancellor (1999) and Chancellor (2000–2002). In 2000–2001 he chaired the Tertiary Education Advisory Commission and was later Chairman of the Tertiary Education Commission (2005–2007). In July 2007 he was elected president of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, a position from which he retired in 2011. He currently chairs the Advisory Board of Gbool (recruiting students from Arabic speaking countries) and is a member of the Mana Education Centre Trust in Porirua.

Local-body candidate[edit]

Marshall stood as a candidate in the Porirua City Council elections in 1992 but was unsuccessful. In 2010 he stood again but this time for Mayor of Porirua but was placed 5th out of nine candidates with only 1,263 votes. The successful candidate was Nick Leggett.


Marshall was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977, and the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal in 1990.[8] In the 2001 New Year Honours, Marshall was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for public services.[9]


  1. ^ Traue 1978, p. 190.
  2. ^ a b "New wind in his sails". Nelson Mail. Nelson. 20 October 2007. Archived from the original on 23 February 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  3. ^ Nelson College Old Boys' Register, 1856–2006, 6th edition
  4. ^ Sherry, Marie. "Fresh slate of challenges for ex-high commissioner". The Methodist Church of New Zealand. Retrieved 23 August 2010.
  5. ^ "Wedding bells". Nelson Photo News (3). 4 February 1961. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  6. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 218.
  7. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 97.
  8. ^ Taylor, Alister; Coddington, Deborah (1994). Honoured by the Queen – New Zealand. Auckland: New Zealand Who's Who Aotearoa. p. 243. ISBN 0-908578-34-2.
  9. ^ "New Year honours list 2019". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 30 December 2000. Retrieved 23 March 2019.


  • Traue, James Edward, ed. (1978). Who's Who in New Zealand (11th ed.). Wellington: Reed.
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
Political offices
Preceded by
Ian Shearer
Minister for the Environment
Succeeded by
Phil Goff
Preceded by
Merv Wellington
Minister of Education
Succeeded by
David Lange
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Bill Tolhurst
Member of Parliament for Wanganui
Succeeded by
Cam Campion
Party political offices
Preceded by
Roger Drayton
Senior Whip of the Labour Party
Succeeded by
Jonathan Hunt
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Paul East
High Commissioner of New Zealand to the United Kingdom
Succeeded by
Jonathan Hunt