Tony Friedlander

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Anthony Peter David (Tony) Friedlander, QSO (born 12 November 1944), is a former New Zealand politician of the National Party. After politics, he worked as a lobbyist for the Road Transport Forum (RTF).

Early life[edit]

Friedlander was born in 1944 at Wanganui.[1] His father was Morris Friedlander, who was an important organisational figure for the National Party.[2] Tony Friedlander received his education at Lincoln College,[1] from where he graduated with Dip Ag (diploma in agriculture), with a Dip VFM (diploma in valuation and farm management).[3] He is an Associate of the New Zealand Institute of Valuers. He was a farm appraiser for the State Advances Corporation in 1968 and 1969, a farm economist for the Poultrymen's Co-op in 1970, and then a farm appraiser for the Rural Banking & Finance Corporation from 1971 to 1975.[3]

Political career[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1975–1978 38th New Plymouth National
1978–1981 39th New Plymouth National
1981–1984 40th New Plymouth National
1984–1987 41st New Plymouth National

He stood in the New Plymouth electorate in the 1975 election and in the swing against the Labour Party that year, he defeated the incumbent, Ron Barclay.[4] He represented the electorate until 1987, when he was defeated by Labour's Harry Duynhoven. From December 1981 to June 1982, he was parliamentary under-secretary to the Minister of Energy, the Minister of National Development, and the Minister of Regional Development (Bill Birch in all cases).[5] From June 1982 to July 1984, he was Minister of Works and Development, and Minister of Housing.[6]

Post politics[edit]

Friedlander held various management positions with Fletcher Challenge between 1987 and 1993. He was appointed chief executive officer at the NZ Road Transport Association in 1993 and held that position for four years, to then become the inaugural chief executive officer of the newly established Road Transport Forum (RTF), which represents trucking companies and lobbies for road transport in New Zealand.[7] Friedlander retired from that role in 2010 and was succeeded by Ken Shirley.[8]

In the 1994 New Year Honours, Friedlander was made a Companion of the Queen's Service Order for public services.[9]


  1. ^ a b Gustafson 1986, p. 312.
  2. ^ Gustafson 1986, p. 363.
  3. ^ a b Traue 1978, p. 117.
  4. ^ Wilson 1985, pp. 182, 198.
  5. ^ Wilson 1985, pp. 95, 97.
  6. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 96.
  7. ^ "Hon Tony Friedlander QSO". NZ Road Transport Hall of Fame. Retrieved 28 November 2015. 
  8. ^ Hickman, John; Shirley, Ken (27 May 2010). "New Road Transport Forum Chief Executive Officer appointed" (Press release). Wellington: Road Transport Forum. Retrieved 28 November 2015. 
  9. ^ "No. 53528". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1993. p. 34. 


  • Gustafson, Barry (1986). The First 50 Years : A History of the New Zealand National Party. Auckland: Reed Methuen. ISBN 0-474-00177-6. 
  • Traue, James Edward (1978). Who's Who in New Zealand, 1978 (11th ed.). Wellington: Reed Publishing. 
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Ron Barclay
Member of Parliament for New Plymouth
Succeeded by
Harry Duynhoven