Duncan MacIntyre (New Zealand politician)

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Duncan MacIntyre

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8th Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand
In office
4 March 1981 15 March 1984
Prime Minister Robert Muldoon
Preceded by Brian Talboys
Succeeded by Jim McLay
Constituency East Cape
Personal details
Born10 November 1915
Hastings, New Zealand
Died8 June 2001(2001-06-08) (aged 85)
Waipukurau, New Zealand
Political party National
Relations Hamish MacIntyre (son)

Brigadier Duncan MacIntyre CMG DSO OBE ED PC (10 November 1915 8 June 2001) was a New Zealand politician of the National Party. He served as Deputy Prime Minister from 1981 to 1984 under Prime Minister Robert Muldoon.

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Early life

MacIntyre was born at Hastings on 10 November 1915. [1] He received his education at Christ's College, Christchurch. He was a farmer from 1933 to 1939, when he joined the New Zealand Army. [2]

Hastings, New Zealand City in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Hastings is a New Zealand city and is one of the two major urban areas in Hawke's Bay, on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. The population of Hastings is 70,600, with 45,000 living in the contiguous city and Flaxmere, 13,950 in Havelock North, 2,210 in Clive, and the remainder in the peri-urban area around the city. Hastings is about 18 kilometres inland of the coastal city of Napier. These two neighbouring cities are often called "The Bay Cities" or "The Twin Cities". The combined population of the Napier-Hastings Urban Area is 134,500 people, which makes it the sixth-largest urban area in New Zealand, closely following Tauranga (141,600).

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World War Two

MacIntyre served in World War II in Australia, the Middle East, and Italy, and commanded the Māori Battalion. [2] He was awarded the D.S.O. [3] After the war, he was commander for troops in Japan. [4] MacIntyre commanded the Divisional Cavalry Regiment from 1945 to 1946. [5]

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Member of Parliament

New Zealand Parliament
1960 1963 33rd Hastings National
1963 1966 34th Hastings National
1966 1969 35th Hastings National
1969 1972 36th Hastings National
1975 1978 38th Bay of Plenty National
1978 1981 39th East Cape National
1981 1984 40th East Cape National

MacIntyre represented the Hastings electorate in Parliament from 1960 to 1972, when he was defeated. [3] With Robert Muldoon and Peter Gordon he was one of the three Young Turks of the National Party who entered Parliament in 1960. [4]

Hastings was a parliamentary electorate in the Hawke's Bay region of New Zealand from 1946 to 1996. The electorate was represented by nine Members of Parliament. The Hastings electorate was a typical bellwether electorate, frequently changing between the two main parties.

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Robert Muldoon 31st Prime Minister of New Zealand

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In 1961 he was one of ten National MPs to vote with the Opposition and remove capital punishment for murder from the Crimes Bill that the Second National Government had introduced. In 1971 and 1972 MacIntyre was Administrator of Tokelau.

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He then represented the Bay of Plenty electorate in Parliament from 1975 to 1978, and the East Cape electorate from 1978 to 1984, when he retired. [3] His son, Hamish MacIntyre, was elected to Parliament in 1990.

Bay of Plenty (New Zealand electorate) electorate in New Zealand

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1975 New Zealand general election

The 1975 New Zealand general election was held on 29 November to elect MPs to the 38th session of the New Zealand Parliament. It was the first general election in New Zealand where 18- to 20-year-olds and all permanent residents of New Zealand were eligible to vote, although only citizens were able to be elected.

East Cape is a former New Zealand Parliamentary electorate, from 1978 to 1993.

He served under three Prime Ministers (Holyoake, Marshall, and Muldoon) as Cabinet Minister. He was Minister of Lands (1966–1972), Minister of Forests (1966–1972), Minister of Māori Affairs (1969–1972 and 1975–1978), Minister of Island Territories (1969–1972), Minister of Island Affairs (1972), Minister for the Environment (1972), Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries (1975–1977), Minister of Agriculture (1977–1984), and Minister of Fisheries (1978–1984). [6] He was made a Privy Councillor in 1980. [3] [7]

In September 1980 MacIntyre gave a Marginal Land Boards loan to his daughter and son-in-law raising questions around Conflict of interest. A public inquiry later concluded that MacIntyre had not acted willfully improperly. Nonetheless, several public resignations of National Party officeholders followed in MacIntyre's East Cape electorate causing serious damage to MacIntyre's reputation. [8]

Later life

By 1982, MacIntyre had a serious heart problem. [4] He died at Waipukurau on 8 June 2001. [1] Ngāti Kahungunu held him in such high regard for his conduct as Māori Affairs Minister that his body was at their Porangahau Marae for one night before the funeral. He was survived by his second wife, daughters and a son. [4]


  1. 1 2 Potter, Tony (10 June 2001). "MacIntyre left one battle field for another". Sunday Star Times. p. 4.
  2. 1 2 Gustafson 1986, p. 329.
  3. 1 2 3 4 Wilson 1985, p. 215.
  4. 1 2 3 4 "Obituary: Duncan MacIntyre". The New Zealand Herald . 16 June 2001. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
  5. "Duncan MacIntyre". Auckland War Memorial Museum. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  6. Wilson 1985, pp. 90–94.
  7. New Zealand Parliamentary Debates, Vols. 370-381 (1970-1972).
  8. Gustafson 1986, pp. 142-3.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ralph Hanan
Minister of Māori Affairs
Succeeded by
Matiu Rata
Preceded by
Matiu Rata
Succeeded by
Ben Couch
New office Minister for the Environment
Succeeded by
Joe Walding
Preceded by
Brian Talboys
Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand
Succeeded by
Jim McLay
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Ted Keating
Member of Parliament for Hastings
Succeeded by
Richard Mayson
Preceded by
Percy Allen
Member of Parliament for Bay of Plenty
Constituency abolished, recreated in 1996
Title next held by
Tony Ryall
New constituency Member of Parliament for East Cape
Succeeded by
Anne Fraser