Duncan MacIntyre (New Zealand politician)

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Duncan MacIntyre

Duncan MacIntyre Greg Tate (crop).jpg
8th Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand
In office
4 March 1981 – 15 March 1984
Prime MinisterRobert Muldoon
Preceded byBrian Talboys
Succeeded byJim McLay
ConstituencyEast Cape
Personal details
Born10 November 1915
Hastings, New Zealand
Died8 June 2001(2001-06-08) (aged 85)
Waipukurau, New Zealand
Political partyNational
RelationsHamish MacIntyre (son)

Brigadier Duncan MacIntyre CMG DSO OBE ED PC (10 November 1915 – 8 June 2001) was a New Zealand politician of the National Party. He served as Deputy Prime Minister from 1981 to 1984 under Prime Minister Robert Muldoon.

Early life[edit]

MacIntyre was born at Hastings on 10 November 1915.[1] He received his education at Christ's College, Christchurch. He was a farmer from 1933 to 1939, when he joined the New Zealand Army.[2]

World War Two[edit]

MacIntyre served in World War II in Australia, the Middle East, and Italy, and commanded the Māori Battalion.[2] He was awarded the D.S.O.[3] After the war, he was commander for troops in Japan.[4] MacIntyre commanded the Divisional Cavalry Regiment from 1945 to 1946.[5]

Member of Parliament[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1960–1963 33rd Hastings National
1963–1966 34th Hastings National
1966–1969 35th Hastings National
1969–1972 36th Hastings National
1975–1978 38th Bay of Plenty National
1978–1981 39th East Cape National
1981–1984 40th East Cape National

MacIntyre represented the Hastings electorate in Parliament from 1960 to 1972, when he was defeated.[3] With Robert Muldoon and Peter Gordon he was one of the three Young Turks of the National Party who entered Parliament in 1960.[4]

In 1961 he was one of ten National MPs to vote with the Opposition and remove capital punishment for murder from the Crimes Bill that the Second National Government had introduced. In 1971 and 1972 MacIntyre was Administrator of Tokelau.

He then represented the Bay of Plenty electorate in Parliament from 1975 to 1978, and the East Cape electorate from 1978 to 1984, when he retired.[3] His son, Hamish MacIntyre, was elected to Parliament in 1990.

He served under three Prime Ministers (Holyoake, Marshall, and Muldoon) as Cabinet Minister. He was Minister of Lands (1966–1972), Minister of Forests (1966–1972), Minister of Māori Affairs (1969–1972 and 1975–1978), Minister of Island Territories (1969–1972), Minister of Island Affairs (1972), Minister for the Environment (1972), Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries (1975–1977), Minister of Agriculture (1977–1984), and Minister of Fisheries (1978–1984).[6] He was made a Privy Councillor in 1980.[3][7]

In September 1980 MacIntyre gave a Marginal Land Boards loan to his daughter and son-in-law raising questions around Conflict of interest. A public inquiry later concluded that MacIntyre had not acted willfully improperly. Nonetheless, several public resignations of National Party officeholders followed in MacIntyre's East Cape electorate causing serious damage to MacIntyre's reputation.[8]

Later life[edit]

By 1982, MacIntyre had a serious heart problem.[4] He died at Waipukurau on 8 June 2001.[1] Ngāti Kahungunu held him in such high regard for his conduct as Māori Affairs Minister that his body was at their Porangahau Marae for one night before the funeral. He was survived by his second wife, daughters and a son.[4]


  1. ^ a b Potter, Tony (10 June 2001). "MacIntyre left one battle field for another". Sunday Star Times. p. 4.
  2. ^ a b Gustafson 1986, p. 329.
  3. ^ a b c d Wilson 1985, p. 215.
  4. ^ a b c d "Obituary: Duncan MacIntyre". The New Zealand Herald. 16 June 2001. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Duncan MacIntyre". Auckland War Memorial Museum. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  6. ^ Wilson 1985, pp. 90–94.
  7. ^ New Zealand Parliamentary Debates, Vols. 370-381 (1970-1972).
  8. ^ Gustafson 1986, pp. 142-3.


  • Gustafson, Barry (1986). The First 50 Years : A History of the New Zealand National Party. Auckland: Reed Methuen. ISBN 0-474-00177-6.
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ralph Hanan
Minister of Māori Affairs
Succeeded by
Matiu Rata
Preceded by
Matiu Rata
Succeeded by
Ben Couch
New office Minister for the Environment
Succeeded by
Joe Walding
Preceded by
Brian Talboys
Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand
Succeeded by
Jim McLay
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Ted Keating
Member of Parliament for Hastings
Succeeded by
Richard Mayson
Preceded by
Percy Allen
Member of Parliament for Bay of Plenty
Constituency abolished, recreated in 1996
Title next held by
Tony Ryall
New constituency Member of Parliament for East Cape
Succeeded by
Anne Fraser