Ken Comber

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Kenneth Mark Comber (20 January 1939 – 6 December 1998) was a New Zealand politician of the National Party, and an accountant.

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New Zealand Parliament
YearsTermElectorateParty
1972 1975 37th Wellington Central National
1975 1978 38th Wellington Central National
1978 1981 39th Wellington Central National

Comber was born in New Plymouth. He received his education at St Joseph's Convent, New Plymouth Boys' High School, and Victoria University. [1] He married Diane Holyoake, a daughter of Sir Keith Holyoake, in 1966, and they had three children together. [2]

New Plymouth City in Taranaki, New Zealand

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New Plymouth Boys High School

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Victoria University of Wellington public university in New Zealand

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He trained as an accountant and was chief accountant for National Electric (1969–1972), and then general manager of John H. Walker and Co. Ltd (1972–1973). [1]

Comber joined the National Party in 1967 and was the secretary of the Wellington Branch (1970–1972). [1] He represented the Wellington Central electorate in Parliament from 1972 to 1981, [3] when he was defeated by Fran Wilde. [4] In the Muldoon cabinet, he was under-secretary for Internal Affairs, Local Government, Recreation and Sport, Civil Defence, and Arts. [5]

Wellington Central (New Zealand electorate) Current New Zealand electorate

Wellington Central is an electorate, represented by a Member of Parliament in the New Zealand House of Representatives. Its MP since November 2008 has been Labour Party's Grant Robertson.

1972 New Zealand general election

The New Zealand general election of 1972 was held on 25 November to elect MPs to the 37th session of the New Zealand Parliament. The Labour Party, led by Norman Kirk, defeated the governing National Party.

Fran Wilde New Zealand politician

Dame Frances Helen Wilde is a New Zealand politician, and former Wellington Labour MP, Minister of Tourism and Mayor of Wellington City. She was the first woman to serve as Mayor of Wellington. She was chairperson of the Greater Wellington Regional Council from 2007 until 2015.

In 1977, Comber was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal, and in 1990 he received the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal. [6]

Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal

The Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal was a commemorative medal created in 1977 to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of Elizabeth II's accession in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The medal was physically identical in all realms where it was awarded, save for Canada, where it contained unique elements. As an internationally distributed award, the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal holds a different place in each country's order of precedence for honours.

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.

Comber died of cancer in Wellington. [2]

Notes

  1. 1 2 3 Gustafson 1986, p. 304.
  2. 1 2 "Former MP `astounding advocate'". The Dominion . 11 December 1998.
  3. Wilson 1985, p. 190.
  4. Wilson 1985, p. 245.
  5. Wilson 1985, p. 102.
  6. Taylor, Alister; Coddington, Deborah (1994). Honoured by the Queen – New Zealand. Auckland: New Zealand Who's Who Aotearoa. p. 104. ISBN   0-908578-34-2.

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New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Dan Riddiford
Member of Parliament for Wellington Central
1972–1981
Succeeded by
Fran Wilde