Geoff Thompson (politician)

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Geoffrey "Geoff" William Fleetwood Thompson CNZM (born 1940) is a former New Zealand politician of the National Party.

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Member of Parliament

New Zealand Parliament
YearsTermElectorateParty
19781981 39th Horowhenua National
19811984 40th Horowhenua National

Thompson represented the Horowhenua electorate in the New Zealand House of Representatives from 1978 to 1984. [1] He was a parliamentary under-secretary between 1981 and 1984. [2]

Horowhenua was a New Zealand parliamentary electorate, from 1978 to 1996.

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After Parliament

Thompson was awarded the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal for services to New Zealand. [3] He was a lawyer on the Kapiti Coast.

The New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal was instituted by Royal Warrant of Queen Elizabeth II on 9 February 1990. It was to be awarded only during 1990 to about 3,000 people selected in recognition of the contribution they have made to some aspect of New Zealand life, especially the various 1990 celebrations. Subsequently 3,632 medals were awarded.

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Kapiti Coast part of the Wellington Region, New Zealand

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He served as the National Party president from 1994 to 1998. In the 1999 New Year Honours he was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to politics. [4]

1999 New Year Honours

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New Zealand Order of Merit order

The New Zealand Order of Merit is an order of merit in New Zealand's honours system. It was established by royal warrant on 30 May 1996 by Elizabeth II, Queen of New Zealand, "for those persons who in any field of endeavour, have rendered meritorious service to the Crown and nation or who have become distinguished by their eminence, talents, contributions or other merits", to recognise outstanding service to the Crown and people of New Zealand in a civil or military capacity.

Notes

  1. Wilson & Wood
  2. see Wilson for the various posts he held
  3. Taylor, p.365
  4. New Year Honours List 1999. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 12 July 2013.

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New Zealand Parliament
New constituency Member of Parliament for Horowhenua
1978–1984
Succeeded by
Annette King
Party political offices
Preceded by
Lindsay Tisch
President of the National Party
1994–1998
Succeeded by
John Slater