|Member of the New Zealand Parliament|
for Mount Albert
24 September 1947 – 28 November 1981
|Preceded by||Arthur Shapton Richards|
|Succeeded by||Helen Clark|
Warren Wilfred Freer
27 December 1920
|Died||29 March 2013(aged 92)|
|Political party||Labour Party|
He went to Royal Oak Primary School in Auckland. During the early days of the Great Depression he was embarrassed to be the only one of his class not bare-footed, so used to take off his shoes and socks on the way to school and replace them before getting home. Michael Joseph Savage frequently went to the Freer home for Sunday roasts, and on his thirteenth birthday gave Warren a copy of Edward Bellamy's novel Looking Backward, which he "devoured and cherished".
As a school boy at Auckland Grammar School, Warren Freer suffered a spinal injury, and he subsequently did not join the war. He initially worked as a shop assistant in "Milne and Choice" a large Queen Street department store, but moved to journalism.
Member of ParliamentEdit
|New Zealand Parliament|
Freer stood unsuccessfully in the 1946 election for the "hopeless" (for Labour) Eden electorate. He was then asked to stand for the Mount Albert electorate in a 1947 by-election, which he won. Freer was only 26 when he entered Parliament following the death of Arthur Richards, and was relatively unknown to Labour executive members, but local supporter Dick Barter convinced Peter Fraser that his work in Eden was adequate apprenticeship.
He was a cabinet minister in the Third Labour Government of 1972–1975, holding the portfolios of Trade and Industry and of Energy Resources. He stood as a candidate for the deputy leadership of the New Zealand Labour Party in 1974 after Norman Kirk's death only to prevent Arthur Faulkner winning on the first ballot, hoping that either Bob Tizard or Colin Moyle would win the subsequent ballot(s). He lost on the third ballot. Initially he had no intention of standing, and preferred Tizard (who won). He was acting Prime Minister three times, and was "appalled" by the amount of paper Kirk was given to read, with "international secrets" that he could read in that week's Time. On the first occasion, Kirk congratulated him that there were no industrial disputes and that he had not gone to war against anyone.
Freer's first wife died in 2003; they had been married for 62 years. His second marriage was to Joyce. Freer died on 29 March 2013 after a long illness. He is survived by his two sons from his first marriage, and by his second wife.
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- Freer, Warren (2004). A Lifetime in Politics: the memoirs of Warren Freer. Wellington: Victoria University Press. ISBN 0-86473-478-6.
- Wilson, James Oakley (1985) . New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
|New Zealand Parliament|
Arthur Shapton Richards
| Member of Parliament for Mount Albert