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Minister of Railways (New Zealand)

The Minister of Railways was the minister in the government responsible for the New Zealand Railways Department 1895–1981, the New Zealand Railways Corporation 1981–1993, and New Zealand Rail Limited 1990–1993. The portfolio was established in 1895, 15 years after the Railways Department was formed, and was abolished in 1993, when New Zealand Rail Limited was privatised. Today, KiwiRail is answerable to both the Minister of State Owned Enterprises, and the Minister of Transport.

Minister of Railways of New Zealand
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerPrime Minister of New Zealand
Formation24 November 1895
Abolished19 October 1993

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Office-holdersEdit

 
Plaque next to main entrance of Hamilton Railway Station – opened by Hon Ron Bailey, 1975

The following MPs have held the office of Minister of Railways:[1][2]

Key

  Liberal   Reform   United   Labour   National

No. Name Portrait Term of Office Prime Minister
1 Alfred Cadman   1 January 1895 21 December 1899 Seddon
2 Joseph Ward   5 January 1900 6 August 1906
Hall-Jones
3 William Hall-Jones   6 August 1906 30 November 1908 Ward
4 John A. Millar   6 January 1909 28 March 1912
5 Arthur Myers   28 March 1912 10 July 1912 Mackenzie
6 William Herries   10 July 1912 3 September 1919 Massey
7 William Massey   3 September 1919 16 May 1922
8 David Guthrie   16 May 1922 6 June 1923
9 Gordon Coates   6 June 1923 10 December 1928
Bell
Coates
10 William Burgoyne Taverner   10 December 1928 28 May 1930 Ward
11 Bill Veitch   28 May 1930 22 September 1931 Forbes
12 George Forbes   22 September 1931 6 December 1935
13 Dan Sullivan   6 December 1935 12 December 1941 Savage
Fraser
14 Bob Semple   12 December 1941 12 December 1949
15 William Goosman   13 December 1949 26 November 1954 Holland
16 John McAlpine   26 November 1954 12 December 1957
Holyoake
17 Michael Moohan   12 December 1957 12 December 1960 Nash
(16) John McAlpine   12 December 1960 12 December 1966 Holyoake
17 Peter Gordon   12 December 1966 8 December 1972
Marshall
18 Tom McGuigan   8 December 1972 10 September 1974 Kirk
19 Ron Bailey   10 September 1974 12 December 1975 Rowling
20 Colin McLachlan   12 December 1975 11 December 1981 Muldoon
21 George Gair   11 December 1981 26 July 1984
22 Richard Prebble   26 July 1984 4 November 1988 Lange
23 Stan Rodger   4 November 1988 9 February 1990
Palmer
(22) Richard Prebble   9 February 1990 2 November 1990
Moore
24 Doug Kidd   2 November 1990 3 October 1991 Bolger
25 Maurice McTigue   3 October 1991 1 July 1993
26 Wyatt Creech   1 July 1993 21 December 1993
27 Philip Burdon   21 December 1993 2 March 1994

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Wilson 1985, pp. 72–97.
  2. ^ Leitch & Stott 1988, Appendix two – Ministers of Railways 1895–1988.

Further readingEdit

  • Stott, Bob; Leitch, David (1988). New Zealand Railways: The First 125 Years. Auckland: Heinemann Reed. p. 176. ISBN 0-7900-0000-8.
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.