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Thomas Malcolm McGuigan QSO JP (20 February 1921 – 5 February 2013) was a New Zealand politician of the Labour Party.

Tom McGuigan

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McGuigan in 1959
23rd Minister of Health
In office
10 September 1974 – 12 December 1975
Prime MinisterBill Rowling
Preceded byBob Tizard
Succeeded byFrank Gill
20th Minister of Railways
In office
8 December 1972 – 10 September 1974
Prime MinisterNorman Kirk
Preceded byPeter Gordon
Succeeded byRon Bailey
Minister of Electricity
In office
8 December 1972 – 10 September 1974
Prime MinisterNorman Kirk
Preceded byLes Gandar
Succeeded byRon Bailey
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Lyttelton
In office
29 November 1969 – 30 October 1975
Preceded byNorman Kirk
Succeeded byColleen Dewe
Personal details
Born20 February 1921[1]
Christchurch, New Zealand
Died5 February 2013(2013-02-05) (aged 91)
Shirley, Christchurch, New Zealand
Political partyLabour


Early life and careerEdit

McGuigan was born and raised in Christchurch.[2] The son of Thomas McGuigan, he was educated at Christchurch Boys' High School. He represented his school in various sports (cricket, soccer, and athletics).[3] He served as a naval officer in World War II and met his wife-to-be, Ruth, in Britain.[2] He married Ruth Deacon, the daughter of John Deacon, on 23 February 1946. They had one daughter and two sons.[3]

McGuigan was an accountant and secretary from 1946 to 1954. He was the house manager at Christchurch Hospital (1955–1957), senior administration officer at Princess Margaret Hospital (1957–1969), house manager of Coronation House (1963–1969), and house manager at the NCHB Subsidiary Institution (1965–1969).[3]

Political careerEdit

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1969–1972 36th Lyttelton Labour
1972–1975 37th Lyttelton Labour

McGuigan stood unsuccessfully for Parliament in the 1954 election in Lyttelton. He later stood as a Labour Party candidate for the Christchurch City Council at a 1958 by-election, but was unsuccessful.[4]

McGuigan was elected to Parliament in the 1969 election in the Lyttelton electorate.[5] When Labour formed a government after the 1972 election, Norman Kirk appointed McGuigan as Minister of Railways, and Minister of Electricity.[6] After Kirk's sudden death, the new prime minister, Bill Rowling, appointed McGuigan to the portfolio that he had really wanted - Minister of Health.[2][6] McGuigan was unexpectedly defeated in the 1975 election by Colleen Dewe of the National Party.[7]

Later life and deathEdit

McGuigan was active in the administration of soccer, and in 1974–1975 was the president of the New Zealand Football Association. He was for many years the secretary of the Canterbury Football Association, and he refereed boys' soccer.[3]

In the 1986 New Year Honours, McGuigan was made a Companion of the Queen's Service Order for public services.[8] He died at Windsor House, a rest home in Christchurch's suburb of Shirley, on 5 February 2013, aged 91. His wife had died before him.[9]


  1. ^ Europa Publications Limited (1974). The international who's who. Europa Publications. ISBN 978-0-900362-72-9.
  2. ^ a b c "Former MP dies". The Press. 8 February 2013. p. A3.
  3. ^ a b c d Traue 1978, p. 180.
  4. ^ "Council Seats - Gain of Two by Citizens". The Press. 19 May 1958.
  5. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 215.
  6. ^ a b Wilson 1985, p. 93.
  7. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 192.
  8. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 50362, 30 December 1985. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  9. ^ "The Hon Thomas Malcolm McGuigan". Dominion Post. 6 February 2013. Retrieved 6 February 2013.


  • Traue, James Edward, ed. (1978). Who's Who in New Zealand (11th ed.). Wellington: Reed.
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
Political offices
Preceded by
Les Gandar
Minister of Electricity
Succeeded by
Ron Bailey
Preceded by
Peter Gordon
Minister of Railways
Preceded by
Bob Tizard
Minister of Health
Succeeded by
Frank Gill
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Norman Kirk
Member of Parliament for Lyttelton
Succeeded by
Colleen Dewe