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Roderick McKenzie (1852 – 9 October 1934) was a New Zealand Member of Parliament for Buller and Motueka, in the South Island. He was a member of the Liberal Party.

Roderick McKenzie
Roderick McKenzie 1900's.jpg
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Motueka
In office
1896 – 1914
Preceded byJohn Kerr
Succeeded byRichard Hudson
Personal details
Ross-shire, Scotland
Died9 October 1934
Wellington, New Zealand
Political partyLiberal

Early lifeEdit

He was born in Ross-shire, Scotland and was educated at the Glasgow Academy. He came to New Zealand in 1869 and was a member of the Westport Harbour Board,[1] Nelson Harbour Board and Kumara Hospital Board. McKenzie was an engineer and bridgebuilder. His projects included construction of the Westport Staiths at a cost of 22,000 pounds, the railway bridge at Arahura and he laid the rails to Hokitika.[2]

Member of ParliamentEdit

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1893–1896 12th Buller Liberal
1896–1899 13th Motueka Liberal
1899–1902 14th Motueka Liberal
1902–1905 15th Motueka Liberal
1905–1908 16th Motueka Liberal
1908–1911 17th Motueka Liberal
1911–1914 18th Motueka Liberal

McKenzie was the MP for Buller between 1893 and 1896 and the MP for Motueka from 1896 to 1914. He was Chairman of Committees from 1906 to 1908.[3] He was Minister of Public Works and Mines 1909–1912.[4]

Roderick McKenzie was a "strong supporter of the Seddon administration".[5] However, in 1912 McKenzie would have nothing to do with Thomas Mackenzie's (no relation) Liberal Ministry stating that: John Millar should have been Prime Minister, Mackenzie's ministers were political novices and had forsaken their liberal principles.[6]

In 1932, when he was 80 years old, McKenzie contested the Motueka seat at the by-election following the death of George Black.[7] McKenzie died on 9 October 1934.[8]


  1. ^ Cyclopedia 1906, p.30
  2. ^ Cyclopedia of New Zealand 1906, Vol. 5, p.30
  3. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 252.
  4. ^ Wilson & Wood
  5. ^ Cyclopedia 1906, p.31
  6. ^ Bassett, pp.12–13
  7. ^ Scholefield 1940, p. 71.
  8. ^ "Obituary". The Evening Post. CXVIII (87). 10 October 1934. p. 13. Retrieved 15 August 2011.


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Political offices
Preceded by
John A. Millar
Chairman of Committees of the House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Thomas Wilford
Preceded by
George Fowlds
Minister of Customs
Succeeded by
Josiah Hanan
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Eugene O'Conor
Member of Parliament for Buller
Succeeded by
Patrick O'Regan
In abeyance
Title last held by
John Kerr
Member of Parliament for Motueka
Succeeded by
Richard Hudson