Kerry Marshall

Kerry Leigh Francis Marshall MBE (1939/1940 – 4 March 2020) was a New Zealand politician who was active in local government in the northern part of New Zealand's South Island. He was mayor of three territorial authorities: Richmond borough (1986–1989), Tasman (1989–1998), and Nelson (2007–2010).

Kerry Marshall

Kerry Marshall, 2007.jpg
Marshall in 2007
Last Mayor of Richmond
In office
Preceded byRob Maling
1st Mayor of Tasman
In office
Succeeded byJohn Hurley
27th Mayor of Nelson
In office
Preceded byPaul Matheson
Succeeded byAldo Miccio
Personal details
Kerry Leigh Francis Marshall

Died (aged 81)
Colleen Watson (m. 1964)
RelationsRussell Marshall (brother)


Born in about 1939,[1] Marshall was educated at Nelson College from 1954 to 1958.[2]


Plaque acknowledging the contribution of Marshall to the New Zealand Conservation Authority

Both Marshall and his wife were teachers by profession.[1] He worked in Canada, Scotland and Banks Peninsula for some time before returning to Nelson in 1980.[1] He became a Richmond borough councillor in 1982 and was elected mayor of Richmond in 1986. Following the 1989 local government reforms, he became the first mayor of the Tasman District (serving for 9 years).[1] He served as president of Local Government New Zealand, and was a local government commissioner from 2001 to 2005. In 2007, Marshall was elected mayor of Nelson, defeating eight other candidates including Gary Watson of Mainland Television.[1]

Marshall was also the presiding member of the New Zealand Lotteries Commission and chair of the New Zealand Conservation Authority until 2008.[1]

Marshall served as chair of the New Zealand Visitor Information Network, a member of the New Zealand Geographic Board, chair of the Greyhound As Pets Trust, a trustee of the Cawthron Institute of Science and Technology, chair of the New Zealand World of Wearable Art Development Trust, and chair of the Tasman Environmental Trust.

Marshall was the owner of the Kerry Marshall Company, undertaking consultancy in leadership, management, facilitation, administration, communication and public relations.[3]

Marshall died on 4 March 2020.[4]

Honours and awardsEdit

In the 1989 Queen's Birthday Honours, Marshall was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to local government.[5] He was awarded the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal in 1990,[6] the Sir Jack Newman Award to Nelson's Outstanding Citizen of the Year awarded by the Rotary Club of Nelson in 1999, and the United States Information Service Study Award to the United States, also in 1999.


Marshall was the brother of New Zealand politician Russell Marshall. The Marshall brothers married the Nelson sisters Colleen and Barbara Watson.[1] Colleen Marshall, the wife of Kerry Marshall, was head of music at Nelson College for Girls until her retirement.[7] She was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the arts in the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "New wind in his sails". Nelson Mail. Nelson. 20 October 2007. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  2. ^ Nelson College Old Boys' Register, 1856–2006, 6th edition
  3. ^ Jeremy Cook 25 February 2004, Terminal Velocity June 2010 (25 February 2004). "The Kerry Marshall Company". Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  4. ^ Bohny, Skara (5 March 2020). "Former Nelson and Tasman Mayor Kerry Marshall has died". Nelson Mail. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  5. ^ "No. 51774". The London Gazette (3rd supplement). 17 June 1989. p. 32.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Management". Adam Chamber Music Festival. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  8. ^ "Queen's Birthday honours list 2014". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Paul Matheson
Mayor of Nelson
Succeeded by
Aldo Miccio
New office Mayor of Tasman District
Succeeded by
John Hurley