Bill Fox (politician)
Fox in 1959
|7th Minister of Housing|
12 December 1957 – 12 December 1960
|Prime Minister||Walter Nash|
|Preceded by||John Rae|
|Succeeded by||John Rae|
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament|
13 November 1954 – 26 November 1966
|Preceded by||Bob Semple|
|Succeeded by||Bill Young|
William Arthur Fox
28 August 1899
|Died||9 October 1994 (aged 95)|
Wanganui, New Zealand
Early life and careerEdit
Fox was born in England in 1899. During World War I he served in the merchant navy aboard the SS Tainui. He was a long-time trade unionist and was a prominent member of the Federated Cooks and Stewards Union, of which he became general secretary. He then proceeded to serve as vice-president of the Federation of Labour from 1948 to 1955. In addition in 1950 he was a representative of the New Zealand government to the International Labour Organization in Geneva.
In 1945 Fox was appointed by the government as a member of the National Rehabilitation Council.
|New Zealand Parliament|
Fox represented the Wellington electorate of Miramar from 1954 succeeding the retiring Bob Semple. During the three-year tenure of the Second Labour Government Fox was a member of cabinet. He served as both Minister of Marine as well as Minister of Housing. Despite his cabinet ranking, Fox was one of a group of three Labour MPs (the others being Mick Moohan and Frank Kitts) who were deeply critical of the decisions made in the "Black Budget".
He was an agitator against the leadership of Arnold Nordmeyer, whom he deemed to be unelectable. Fox, along with Moohan and Warren Freer, was one of the few senior Labour MPs who backed Norman Kirk's successful leadership challenge to Nordmeyer in 1965. Thereafter he became a close confidant of Kirk who promoted him to the frontbench.
Later life and deathEdit
Following his exit from Parliament Fox retired and moved to Otaki. He was a guest of honour at the first meeting of caucus following Labour's victory in the 1972 election and oversaw the election of the cabinet.
In the 1975 Queen's Birthday Honours, Fox was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George for public services.
Fox died on 9 October 1994 at Wanganui Hospital, aged 95.
- Wilson 1985, p. 88.
- "Ex-Cabinet Minister Bill Fox dies". The Evening Post. 10 October 1994. p. 2.
- "Personal Items". The Press. LXXXI (24586). 7 June 1945. p. 4.
- "Citizens Keep Majority on Harbour Board". The Dominion. 1 November 1953.
- Wilson 1985, p. 197.
- Freer 2004, p. 103.
- Grant 2014, p. 79-80.
- Grant 2014, p. 198.
- Grant 2014, p. 220.
- "No. 46595". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 June 1975. p. 7405.
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- Freer, Warren (2004). A Lifetime in Politics: the memoirs of Warren Freer. Wellington: Victoria University Press. ISBN 0-86473-478-6.
- Grant, David (2014). The Mighty Totara: The life and times of Norman Kirk. Auckland: Random House. ISBN 9781775535799.
- Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
| Minister of Housing
|New Zealand Parliament|
| Member of Parliament for Miramar
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