Trevor Young

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Trevor James Young, QSO (28 August 1925 – 13 May 2012), was a New Zealand politician of the Labour Party.


Early life[edit]

Young was born in 1925 in Turua on the Hauraki Plains.[1] The son of Leslie Robert Young, he grew up in Cambridge and Blenheim,[2] and attended Wellington College.[1] He married Ailsa Hazel Anderson, the daughter of John James Anderson, on 28 August 1925. They had two sons.[1]

Political career[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1968–1969 35th Hutt Labour
1969–1972 36th Hutt Labour
1972–1975 37th Hutt Labour
1975–1978 38th Hutt Labour
1978–1981 39th Eastern Hutt Labour
1981–1984 40th Eastern Hutt Labour
1984–1987 41st Eastern Hutt Labour
1987–1990 42nd Eastern Hutt Labour

In 1947, Young became a Lower Hutt city councillor at the age of 22. He represented the electorate of Hutt (previously occupied by Labour Prime Minister Walter Nash) in Parliament from 1968 to 1978, and then the Eastern Hutt electorate from 1978 to 1990, when he was replaced by Paul Swain. In total he gave 43 years of service in local and national politics.[3]

He was also associated with the temperance (prohibition) movement.

Later life and death[edit]

In the 1988 Queen's Birthday Honours, Young was made a Companion of the Queen's Service Order for public services.[4]

On 13 May 2012, Young died at the age of 86.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Traue, James Edward (1978). Who's Who in New Zealand, 1978 (11th ed.). Wellington: Reed Publishing. p. 296. 
  2. ^ a b McLennan, Rosemary (18 May 2012). "Hundreds farewell Hutt MP Trevor Young". The Hutt News. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. 
  4. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 51367, 10 June 1988. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Walter Nash
Member of Parliament for Hutt
Constituency abolished
Constituency established Member of Parliament for Eastern Hutt
Succeeded by
Paul Swain