John Falloon

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The Honourable
John Howard Falloon
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Pahiatua
In office
1977  1996
Preceded by Keith Holyoake
Personal details
Born(1942-02-17)17 February 1942
Masterton, New Zealand
Died 4 October 2005(2005-10-04) (aged 63)
Bideford, New Zealand
Nationality New Zealand
Political party National
Spouse(s) Phillipa "Peeps" Falloon [1]
Relations Ian Falloon, pioneer psychiatrist (cousin)
Cabinet Cabinet of New Zealand

John Howard Falloon CNZM (17 February 1942 – 4 October 2005) was a New Zealand politician. He was an MP from 1977 to 1996, representing the National Party in the Pahiatua electorate.


Falloon was educated at Bideford School, Lindisfarne College and Massey University, graduating with a diploma in sheep farm management. [2]

Member of Parliament

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
19771978 38th Pahiatua National
19781981 39th Pahiatua National
19811984 40th Pahiatua National
19841987 41st Pahiatua National
19871990 42nd Pahiatua National
19901993 43rd Pahiatua National
19931996 44th Pahiatua National

He was first elected to Parliament in the Pahiatua by-election of 1977, replacing Sir Keith Holyoake who had been appointed Governor-General. He retained his seat until he retired.

He held a number of ministerial posts, first in the government of Rob Muldoon, including Postmaster-General, Minister of Statistics, Minister in charge of the Inland Revenue Department and Associate Minister of Finance. [3]

In the government of Jim Bolger, Falloon had posts including Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Minister of Friendly Societies, and was the first Minister of Racing. [4] [5]

In the 1997 New Year Honours, Falloon was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for public services. [6]

Later life

After resigning from Parliament at the 1996 elections, Falloon worked with at-risk children and pursued business interests, such as becoming chairman or Wairarapa winery Lintz Estate. [7] [8]

He had been ill for several weeks after undergoing surgery in Wellington Hospital for a brain tumour and died at his home in Bideford, near Masterton, New Zealand in 2005.

Falloon's cousin, Ian Falloon, was one of the first psychiatrists to have family involved in the treatment of schizophrenia. [9]


  1. du Chateau, Carroll (16 August 2008). "Yearning for the saddle". The New Zealand Herald . p. 3. Retrieved 31 July 2009.
  2. "Former cabinet minister John Falloon dies". The New Zealand Herald . 5 October 2005. Retrieved 31 July 2009.
  3. Falconer, Phoebe (8 October 2005). "Obituary: John Falloon". The New Zealand Herald . Retrieved 31 July 2009.
  4. Dillon, Mike (9 June 2005). "Racing: Battle for fair tax moving up a gear". The New Zealand Herald . Retrieved 31 July 2009.
  5. "Tributes paid to Falloon". The New Zealand Herald . 6 October 2005. Retrieved 31 July 2009.
  6. New Year Honours List 1997 Archived 5 December 2012 at the Wayback Machine .. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  7. "Former cabinet minister wants inquiry into family life". The New Zealand Herald . 22 December 2003. Retrieved 31 July 2009.
  8. Oram, Ric (8 July 1999). "Tarnished Lintz wins two more medals". The New Zealand Herald . Retrieved 31 July 2009.
  9. Johnston, Martin (22 July 2006). "Pioneer psychiatrist brought families in". the New Zealand Herald . Retrieved 31 July 2009.
Political offices
Preceded by
Warren Cooper
Succeeded by
Rob Talbot
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Keith Holyoake
Member of Parliament for Pahiatua
Constituency abolished