Richard Moore (New Zealand politician)

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Richard Moore (7 March 1849 – 12 September 1936) was an independent conservative Member of Parliament in New Zealand and Mayor of Kaiapoi. [1]



New Zealand Parliament
1890 1893 11th Kaiapoi Independent
1896 1899 13th Kaiapoi Independent

Moore was born in London on 7 March 1849, the son of shoemaker John Moore and his wife Ann. [2] He left England with his family on the Steadfast in February 1851, which arrived in Lyttelton on 8 June of that year. [3] [4] The family settled in Kaiapoi. [5] At 21, he set himself up as a coachbuilder and wheelwright. Later on, he added saddlery to his business. When he sold the business he bought a shareholding in the Kaiapoi Produce Company and later became its sole owner. He was a large shareholder in the Kaiapoi Woollen Company. [6]

Moore chaired the school committee for 14 years. He was a member of the Kaiapoi Borough Council for eight years and was Mayor of Kaiapoi from 1884 to 1887. [6] [7] He was chairman of the Waimakariri Harbour Board. [6]

In the 1887 election, he unsuccessfully contested the Kaiapoi electorate against Edward Richardson. [8] He represented Kaiapoi from 1890 [9] [10] to 1893, when he was defeated, [11] and from 1896 to 1899, when he was again defeated. [12]

Moore was conjointly elected onto the Lyttelton Harbour Board by the boroughs of Kaiapoi and Rangiora in February 1905. [13] He was chairman of the harbour board from 7 May 1913 [14] until 5 May 1915. [15]

He was appointed to the Legislative Council on 14 July 1914. He was twice re-appointed and served until 13 July 1935. [16] In 1935, he was awarded the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal. [17]

Moore died in 1936 at his home in the Christchurch suburb of Cashmere, [18] and was buried at Kaiapoi Cemetery. [7]


  1. "Kaiapoi". The Cyclopedia of New Zealand – Canterbury Provincial District. Christchurch: The Cyclopedia Company Limited. 1903. Retrieved 21 March 2010.
  2. "London, England, births and baptisms, 1813–1906" . 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  3. "Steadfast". rootsweb. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  4. "The Hon. Richard Moore". Wanganui Chronicle (20128). 16 July 1914. p. 7. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  5. Macdonald, George. "Macdonald Dictionary Record: Richard Moore". Macdonald Dictionary. Canterbury Museum . Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  6. 1 2 3 Scholefield 1940, p. 95.
  7. 1 2 "Mayors of Kaiapoi" (PDF). Waimakariri District Libraries. p. 5. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
  8. "Kaiapoi". The Star (6043). 27 September 1887. p. 4. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
  9. "Further Results". The Star (7030). 8 December 1890. p. 3. Retrieved 20 March 2010.
  10. "New Member". Evening Star . 6 December 1890.
  11. "The General Election, 1893". National Library. 1894. p. 2. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  12. Wilson 1985, p. 221.
  13. "The new Harbour Board: a list of the members". The Press . LXII (12131). 1 March 1905. p. 8. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  14. "Lyttelton Harbour Board". The Press . XLIX (14660). 8 May 1913. p. 2. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  15. "Lyttelton Harbour Board". The Sun. II (385). 5 May 1915. p. 8. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  16. Wilson 1985, p. 159.
  17. "Official jubilee medals". Evening Post . CXIX (105). 6 May 1935. p. 4. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  18. "Obituary: The Hon. Richard Moore". New Zealand Herald. 14 September 1936. p. 12. Retrieved 22 April 2015.

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New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Edward Richardson
Member of Parliament for Kaiapoi
Succeeded by
David Buddo
Preceded by
David Buddo
Succeeded by
David Buddo
Political offices
Preceded by
Hugo Friedlander
Chairman of the Lyttelton Harbour Board
Succeeded by
Malcolm Miller