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Connelly in 1957.

Michael Aynsley Connelly CMG QSO (21 February 1916 – 27 August 2003), commonly known as Mick Connelly, was a New Zealand politician of the Labour Party, and a Cabinet Minister from 1972 to 1975 in the Third Labour Government.

His father Michael Connelly was a trade unionist, Labour Party activist and member of the Legislative Council (upper house).


Political careerEdit

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1956–57 31st Riccarton Labour
1957–60 32nd Riccarton Labour
1960–63 33rd Riccarton Labour
1963–66 34th Riccarton Labour
1966–69 35th Riccarton Labour
1969–72 36th Wigram Labour
1972–75 37th Wigram Labour
1975–78 38th Wigram Labour
1978–81 39th Yaldhurst Labour
1981–84 40th Yaldhurst Labour

Connelly was a member of the Christchurch City Council from 1956 to 1959.[1]

He was the Member of Parliament for Riccarton from the 1956 by-election to 1969 election, then Wigram from 1969 to 1978, then Yaldhurst from 1978 to 1984, when he retired. Warren Freer’s only criticism of him was his handwriting; "if he wrote you a note it took ages to decipher it".[2]

From 1972 to 1975 he was a Cabinet Minister in the Third Labour Government. He was Minister of Police, Minister of Customs, Minister of Works and Development (in 1975) and Minister of Statistics (in 1975).[3]

In 1977, Connelly was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal.[4] He was appointed a Companion of the Queen's Service Order for public services in the 1984 Queen's Birthday Honours.[5] In the 1988 Queen's Birthday Honours, he was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George, for public service.[6] In 1990, he received the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal.[4]

Later lifeEdit

For some time, he was the president of the Association of Former Members of the Parliament of New Zealand. He died on 27 August 2003[7] aged 87,[8] survived by his wife Margaret.[7]


  1. ^ "Councillors of the City of Christchurch". Christchurch: Christchurch City Council. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ Freer, Warren W (2004). A Lifetime in Politics: the memoirs of Warren Freer. Wellington: Victoria University Press. p. 172. ISBN 0-86473-478-6.
  3. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985), New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.), Wellington, [N.Z.]: Government Printer, pp. 92f
  4. ^ a b Taylor, Alister; Coddington, Deborah (1994). Honoured by the Queen – New Zealand. Auckland: New Zealand Who's Who Aotearoa. p. 105. ISBN 0-908578-34-2.
  5. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 49769, 15 June 1984. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  6. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 51367, 10 June 1988. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Obituaries — Hon Michael Aynsley Connelly". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  8. ^ Horton, Murray. "MICK CONNELLY & FRANK O'FLYNN". Retrieved 21 November 2011.
Political offices
Preceded by
George Gair
Minister of Customs
Succeeded by
Roger Douglas
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Angus McLagan
Member of Parliament for Riccarton
Succeeded by
Eric Holland
New constituency Member of Parliament for Wigram
Constituency abolished, recreated in 1996
Title next held by
Jim Anderton
Member of Parliament for Yaldhurst
Succeeded by
Margaret Austin