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Sir Lancelot Raymond "Lance" Adams-Schneider KCMG (11 November 1919 – 3 September 1995) was a New Zealand politician of the National Party.

Sir Lance Adams-Schneider

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10th Ambassador to the United States
In office
PresidentRonald Reagan
Prime MinisterRobert Muldoon David Lange
Preceded byFrank Gill
Succeeded bySir Wallace Rowling
4th Ambassador to Mexico
In office
PresidentMiguel de la Madrid
Prime MinisterRobert Muldoon
Preceded byFrank Gill
Succeeded byPeter Fairfax
21st Minister of Health
In office
9 February 1972 – 8 December 1972
Prime MinisterJack Marshall
Preceded byDonald McKay
Succeeded byBob Tizard
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Waikato
In office
1969 – 1981
Succeeded bySimon Upton
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Hamilton
In office
1959 – 1969
Preceded byHilda Ross
Personal details
Lancelot Raymond Adams

(1919-11-11)11 November 1919
Wellington, New Zealand
Died3 September 1996(1996-09-03) (aged 76)
NationalityNew Zealander
Political partyNational
Spouse(s)Shirley Lois Brunton
ChildrenTwo sons, one daughter


New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1959–1960 32nd Hamilton National
1960–1963 33rd Hamilton National
1963–1966 34th Hamilton National
1966–1969 35th Hamilton National
1969–1972 36th Waikato National
1972–1975 37th Waikato National
1975–1978 38th Waikato National
1978–1981 39th Waikato National

Adams-Schneider was born in Wellington, New Zealand, to Arthur Archibald Adams and Hilda Mary Adams (née Biggs). His mother died when he was three years old, and his paternal aunt, Susan Isabella Schneider (née Adams) took on the care of her nephew. Later, Susan and her husband, Theodore Schneider, were to adopt Lance and he became Lance Adams-Schneider. He was educated at Eastern Hutt Primary School, Petone Memorial Technical College, and Mount Albert Grammar School, Auckland.

Adams-Schneider entered the drapery trade on leaving school and founded his own business in Auckland. Later he managed a large store in Taumarunui. During World War II, Adams-Schneider served in the Medical Corps. He later became a member of the Taumarunui Borough Council, president of the Chamber of Commerce, and an executive member of the New Zealand Retailers’ Association.

Adams-Schneider stood in the Hutt electorate against Walter Nash in 1957, coming second for National. He then contested and won for National the 1959 Hamilton by-election held after the death of the incumbent MP, Dame Hilda Ross. He continued to represent the Hamilton electorate until its disestablishment in 1969, after which he represented the Waikato electorate until his retirement in 1981.

Adams-Schneider was a parliamentary under-secretary from 1964 to 1967, Minister of Broadcasting from 1967 to 1969, Minister of Customs from 1969 to 1972, Minister of Health and Minister of Social Welfare in 1972, and Minister of Trade and Industry from 1975 to 1981.

Following his retirement from national politics, Adams-Schneider was appointed the Ambassador from New Zealand to the United States (1982–85) and to Mexico (1982–83).

In the 1984 Queen's Birthday Honours, Adams-Schneider was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George for public services.[1] He was also a member of the Privy Council.

He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977, and the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal.[2]

Adams-Schneider was active in youth work and was a lay preacher in the Baptist Church.

He died on 3 September 1995.[3]


  1. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 49769, 15 June 1984. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  2. ^ Taylor, Alister; Coddington, Deborah (1994). Honoured by the Queen – New Zealand. Auckland: New Zealand Who's Who Aotearoa. p. 42. ISBN 0-908578-34-2.
  3. ^ Obituary - Rt Hon. Sir Lancelot Raymond Adams-Schneider. New Zealand Hansard: 12 September 1995. Retrieved 6 February 2013.

Further readingEdit

  • Industrial Development Seminar [Industrial Development Seminar ( 1966: Hamilton, N.Z.)] (2nd ed.), Hamilton, [N.Z.]: n.p., 1966
  • Adams-Schneider's contribution was the closing address [in Hamilton on Saturday 20 November 1965]. At this time, he was a Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Ministers of Industries and Commerce and Customs.
  • The New Zealand Institute of Management Inc. Top Management Seminar, July 22 and 23, 1981: management and the effects of government strategy, Wellington, [N.Z.]: New Zealand Institute of Management, 1981
  • Adams-Schneider's contribution was a paper entitled: "Government industrial and trade strategies: the aim"
  • A report on the practice of sending criminals to mental hospitals ; to: the Minister of Health, the Hon. L.R. Adams-Schneider and the Minister of Justice, the Hon. Sir Roy Jack – April 1972, Wellington, [N.Z.]: n.p., 1972
  • O'Keefe, John A. B. (1978), The Commerce Act 1975: the text of the statute and its amendments with annotations (2nd ed.), Wellington, [N.Z.]: Butterworths
  • The first edition had a Foreword by Warren Freer, this second edition has one by Lance Adams-Schneider.
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
Political offices
Preceded by
Donald McKay
Minister of Health
Succeeded by
Bob Tizard
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Frank Gill
Ambassador to Mexico
Succeeded by
Peter Fairfax
Ambassador to the United States
Succeeded by
Sir Wallace Rowling
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Hilda Ross
Member of Parliament for Hamilton
Constituency abolished
Constituency recreated after abolition in 1963
Title last held by
Geoffrey Sim
Member of Parliament for Waikato
Succeeded by
Simon Upton