Early life and familyEdit
Templeton was born in Wyndham, Southland, in 1929. He was educated at Gore High School, King's High School, the University of Otago, and then as a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford University. He married Russian-born New Zealand novelist Natasha Templeton in Wellington in 1961.
From 1954 to 1969 Templeton served with the New Zealand Department of External Affairs, first in London, and then in Wellington, before going as the last Deputy High Commissioner of Western Samoa to prepare specially for independence and then to New York to assist secure Samoa's post independence aid programmes, under Guy Powles. From 1965 to 1969 Templeton served in Wellington working on Asian and European and Defence affairs, before being elected to Parliament.
Member of ParliamentEdit
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Templeton was elected as MP for Awarua in Southland in 1969. However, he lost the electorate in the 1972 election to Labour's Aubrey Begg. From 1972–1975, he was executive assistant to the Leaders of the Opposition, Jack Marshall and then Robert Muldoon. Templeton was re-elected to Parliament in 1975 for the Wellington electorate of Karori. The electorate was renamed Ohariu and was represented by Templeton until the 1984 election, when he was defeated by Peter Dunne, then a member of the Labour Party, in a three-way contest with the New Zealand Party's leader Bob Jones. His friend and diplomatic colleague Chris Beeby commented on Templeton's election losses as follows:
It must take a very special kind of talent to fuck up two blue-ribbon seats.— Chris Beeby
Templeton was appointed to various positions in communications and economic portfolios during the Muldoon National Government of 1975–1984. Templeton was Minister of Revenue (1977–1982) and Minister of Trade and Industry (1981–1984) with responsibility for ANZCER (Australia - New Zealand Closer Economic Relations free trade agreement). Templeton also worked with the Prime Minister on stimulating New Zealand's onshore petroleum programme as part of Think Big. He wrote a book All Honourable Men: Inside the Muldoon Cabinet 1975–1984 on this period.
Templeton lost his seat with the election of the Fourth Labour Government in 1984.
Post parliamentary careerEdit
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In November 2009, he was appointed an Honorary Officer of the Order of Australia, "for service to Australia-New Zealand economic relations, particularly through the establishment of the Australia-New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement".
- Gustafson 1986, p. 346.
- "Templeton, Natasha". New Zealand Book Council. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
- "Natasha Templeton". Random House New Zealand. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
- Wilson 1985, p. 239.
- Wilson 1985, p. 194, 239.
- Weir 2007, p. 26.
- London Gazette (supplement), No. 52768, 30 December 1991. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
- Hon. Hugh Templeton QSO. "A flag to die for ... certainly to live for". Archived from the original on 9 June 2007.
- It's an Honour
- Gustafson, Barry (1986). The First 50 Years : A History of the New Zealand National Party. Auckland: Reed Methuen. ISBN 0-474-00177-6.
- Weir, Jim (2007). Strong language: very quotable New Zealand quotes. Auckland: New Holland Publishers. ISBN 978-1-86966-182-3.
- Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
Works by TempletonEdit
- All Honourable Men: Inside the Muldoon Cabinet 1975–1984 (1995, Auckland University Press, Auckland) ISBN 1-86940-128-X
- Templeton, Hugh. "Algie, Ronald Macmillan 1888-1978". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
- Templeton, Hugh. "Shand, Thomas Philip 1911-1969". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
- Templeton, Hugh. "Sullivan, William 1891-1967". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
- Templeton, Hugh. "Webb, Thomas Clifton 1889-1962". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
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