Postmaster-General (New Zealand)

Foundation stone on the former Akaroa Post Office, commemorating Heaton Rhodes as Postmaster-General

The Postmaster-General in New Zealand was the government minister responsible for the New Zealand Post Office from 1858 to 1989, when the NZPO (formerly the P&T or Post and Telegraph Department) was split into three SOEs responsible to the Minister of State Owned Enterprises: New Zealand Post Limited, Telecom New Zealand Limited, and Post Office Bank Limited.

History

From 1841 to 1853 the Postmaster-General was a civil servant, responsible to the Postmaster-General of New South Wales (1841–42) then the Postmaster-General of Great Britain (1842–53).[1]

Governor Sir George Grey appointed Henry William Petre to be Postmaster-General on 13 August 1853, but his appointment was not accepted by the First Parliament that met in 1854, and he left for England early in the new year.[1]

Office holders

The following MPs have held the office of Postmaster-General:[2][3][4]

Key

  Independent   Liberal   Reform   United   Labour   National

No. Name Portrait Term of Office Prime Minister
1 Henry Tancred Henry John Tancred 1882.jpg 3 November 1858 12 July 1861 Stafford
2 Crosbie Ward Crosbie Ward, 1867.jpg 2 August 1861 6 August 1862 Fox
3 Walter Mantell Walter Mantell.jpeg 6 August 1862 21 August 1862 Domett
(2) Crosbie Ward Crosbie Ward, 1867.jpg 21 August 1862 30 October 1863
4 Thomas Gillies Thomas Gillies.jpg 30 October 1863 24 November 1864 Whitaker
5 John Richardson No image.png 24 November 1864 16 October 1865 Weld
6 Edward Stafford Edward Stafford.jpg 31 October 1865 8 May 1866 Stafford
7 James Paterson No image.png 8 May 1866 24 August 1866
8 John Hall Sir John Hall, ca 1880.jpg 24 August 1866 5 February 1869
(6) Edward Stafford Edward Stafford.jpg 6 February 1869 28 June 1869
9 Julius Vogel Julius Vogel, ca 1870s.jpg 6 February 1869 10 September 1872 Fox
10 Oswald Curtis Oswald Curtis.jpg 10 September 1872 11 October 1872 Stafford
(9) Julius Vogel Julius Vogel, ca 1870s.jpg 11 October 1872 1 September 1876 Waterhouse
Fox
Vogel
Pollen
Vogel
11 George McLean No image.png 1 September 1876 13 September 1876 Atkinson
12 Frederick Whitaker Frederick Whitaker.jpg 13 September 1876 7 December 1876
13 John Davies Ormond John Davies Ormond.jpg 7 December 1876 12 January 1877
(11) George McLean No image.png 12 January 1877 13 October 1877
14 James Temple Fisher James Temple Fisher, 1877.jpg 15 October 1877 8 October 1879 Grey
(8) John Hall Sir John Hall, ca 1880.jpg 8 October 1879 9 March 1881 Hall
15 Walter Woods Johnston No image.png 9 March 1881 11 October 1882
Whitaker
16 Thomas Dick Thomas Dick, 1882.jpg 11 October 1882 25 September 1883
17 Richard Oliver Richard Oliver, 1882.jpg 25 September 1883 16 August 1884 Atkinson
(9) Julius Vogel Julius Vogel, ca 1870s.jpg 16 August 1884 28 August 1884 Stout
18 William Russell William Russell, ca 1878.jpg 28 August 1884 3 September 1884 Atkinson
(9) Julius Vogel Julius Vogel, ca 1870s.jpg 3 September 1884 8 October 1887 Stout
19 Harry Atkinson Sir Harry Albert Atkinson, ca 1885.jpg 8 October 1887 17 October 1889 Atkinson
20 Edwin Mitchelson Edwin Mitchelson.jpg 17 October 1889 24 January 1891
21 Patrick Buckley Patrick Alphonsus Buckley.jpg 24 January 1891 4 February 1891 Ballance
22 Joseph Ward Joseph Ward c. 1906.jpg 4 February 1891 16 June 1896
Seddon
23 Richard Seddon Richard Seddon, 1906.jpg 16 June 1896 21 December 1899
(22) Joseph Ward Joseph Ward c. 1906.jpg 21 December 1899 28 March 1912
Hall-Jones
Ward
24 Harry Ell Harry Ell, 1914.jpg 28 March 1912 10 July 1912 MacKenzie
25 Heaton Rhodes Robert Heaton Rhodes Jr (1915).jpg 10 July 1912 12 August 1915 Massey
(22) Joseph Ward Joseph Ward c. 1906.jpg 12 August 1915 4 September 1919
26 Gordon Coates Joseph Gordon Coates, 1931.jpg 4 September 1919 30 May 1925
Bell
27 James Parr James Parr.jpg 30 May 1925 24 May 1926 Coates
28 William Nosworthy William Nosworthy.jpg 24 May 1926 10 December 1928
29 James Donald James Donald, 1928.jpg 10 December 1928 18 December 1929 Ward
(22) Joseph Ward Joseph Ward c. 1906.jpg 18 December 1929 28 May 1930
(29) James Donald James Donald, 1928.jpg 28 May 1930 22 September 1931 Forbes
30 Adam Hamilton Adam Hamilton (1926).jpg 22 September 1931 6 December 1935
31 Fred Jones Fred Jones 1935.jpg 6 December 1935 1 April 1940 Savage
32 Paddy Webb Paddy Webb.jpg 1 April 1940 19 December 1946 Fraser
33 Fred Hackett Fred Hackett, 1958.JPG 19 December 1946 13 December 1949
34 Walter Broadfoot Walter Broadfoot.jpg 13 December 1949 26 November 1954 Holland
35 Tom Shand Tom Shand crop.jpg 26 November 1954 12 December 1957
Holyoake
36 Mick Moohan Michael Moohan MP.jpg 12 December 1957 12 December 1960 Nash
37 Thomas Hayman Thomas Hayman.jpg 12 December 1960 2 May 1961 Holyoake
38 Arthur Kinsella No image.png 2 May 1961 20 December 1963
39 Jack Scott Jack Scott, 1958.jpg 20 December 1963 22 December 1969
40 Allan McCready Allan McCready.jpg 22 December 1969 9 February 1972
41 Bert Walker No image.png 9 February 1972 8 December 1972 Marshall
42 Roger Douglas Roger Douglas, 1965.jpg 8 December 1972 10 September 1974 Kirk
43 Fraser Colman Fraser Colman.jpg 10 September 1974 12 December 1975 Rowling
44 Hugh Templeton Hugh Templeton.jpg 12 December 1975 8 March 1977 Muldoon
45 Peter Wilkinson No image.png 8 March 1977 13 December 1978
46 Ben Couch No image.png 13 December 1978 22 August 1980
47 Warren Cooper Warren Cooper 1983.jpg 22 August 1980 11 December 1981
48 John Falloon No image.png 11 December 1981 19 February 1982
49 Rob Talbot No image.png 19 February 1982 26 July 1984
50 Jonathan Hunt Jonathan Hunt 1986.jpg 26 July 1984 24 August 1987 Lange
51 Richard Prebble Richard Prebble.jpg 24 August 1987 5 November 1988
52 David Butcher No image.png 5 November 1988 14 August 1989
Palmer

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