Minister of Railways (New Zealand)

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Minister of Railways of New Zealand
Style The Honourable
Appointer Prime Minister of New Zealand
Formation24 November 1895
Abolished16 December 1996

The Minister of Railways was the minister in the government responsible for the New Zealand Railways Department 1895–1981, the New Zealand Railways Corporation 1981–1993, and New Zealand Rail Limited 1990–1993. The portfolio was established in 1895, 15 years after the Railways Department was formed, and was abolished in 1993, when New Zealand Rail Limited was privatised. Today, KiwiRail is answerable to both the Minister of State Owned Enterprises, and the Minister of Transport.



Plaque next to main entrance of Hamilton Railway Station - opened by Hon Ron Bailey, 1975 1975 opening plaque Hamilton Railway Station, Waikato.JPG
Plaque next to main entrance of Hamilton Railway Station – opened by Hon Ron Bailey, 1975

The following MPs have held the office of Minister of Railways: [1] [2]


   Liberal    Reform    United    Labour    National

No.NamePortraitTerm of OfficePrime Minister
1 Alfred Cadman Alfred Jerome Cadman (Cropped).jpg 1 January 189521 December 1899 Seddon
2 Joseph Ward Joseph Ward c. 1906.jpg 5 January 19006 August 1906
3 William Hall-Jones William Hall-Jones 2.jpg 6 August 190630 November 1908 Ward
4 John A. Millar John Andrew Millar.jpg 6 January 190928 March 1912
5 Arthur Myers Arthur Mielziner Myers.jpg 28 March 191210 July 1912 Mackenzie
6 William Herries William Herries (crop).jpg 10 July 19123 September 1919 Massey
7 William Massey William Ferguson Massey 1919.jpg 3 September 191916 May 1922
8 David Guthrie David Guthrie.jpg 16 May 19226 June 1923
9 Gordon Coates Joseph Gordon Coates, 1931.jpg 6 June 192310 December 1928
10 William Taverner William Burgoyne Taverner.jpg 10 December 192828 May 1930 Ward
11 Bill Veitch Bill Veitch.jpg 28 May 193022 September 1931 Forbes
12 George Forbes George William Forbes.jpg 22 September 19316 December 1935
13 Dan Sullivan Daniel Giles Sullivan (1941).jpg 6 December 193512 December 1941 Savage
14 Bob Semple Bob Semple, 1935.jpg 12 December 194112 December 1949
15 Stan Goosman Stan Goosman.jpg 13 December 194926 November 1954 Holland
16 John McAlpine John McAlpine.jpg 26 November 195412 December 1957
17 Mick Moohan Michael Moohan MP.jpg 12 December 195712 December 1960 Nash
(16) John McAlpine John McAlpine.jpg 12 December 196012 December 1966 Holyoake
17 Peter Gordon No image.png 12 December 19668 December 1972
18 Tom McGuigan Tom McGuigan.jpg 8 December 197210 September 1974 Kirk
19 Ron Bailey Ron Bailey.jpg 10 September 197412 December 1975 Rowling
20 Colin McLachlan No image.png 12 December 197511 December 1981 Muldoon
21 George Gair George Gair.jpg 11 December 198126 July 1984
22 Richard Prebble Richard Prebble.jpg 26 July 19844 November 1988 Lange
23 David Lange David Lange (cropped).jpg 4 November 19888 November 1988
24 Stan Rodger Stan Rodger, 1970.jpg 8 November 19889 February 1990
(22) Richard Prebble Richard Prebble.jpg 9 February 19902 November 1990
25 Doug Kidd Doug Kidd 2014 (cropped).jpg 2 November 19903 October 1991 Bolger
26 Maurice McTigue No image.png 3 October 19911 July 1993
27 Wyatt Creech Wyatt Creech, 1998.jpg 1 July 199321 December 1993
28 Philip Burdon Philip Burdon.jpg 21 December 199316 December 1996

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  1. Wilson 1985, pp. 72–97.
  2. Leitch & Stott 1988, Appendix two – Ministers of Railways 1895–1988.

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