Roger Drayton

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Roger Drayton
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for St Albans
In office
29 November 1969 – 25 November 1978
Preceded byBert Walker
Succeeded byDavid Caygill
Personal details
Born4 January 1925
Templeton, New Zealand
Died21 June 1986
Paraparaumu, New Zealand
Political partyLabour

Roger Patrick Blundell Drayton JP (4 January 1925 – 21 June 1986) was a New Zealand politician of the Labour Party.


Early life and career[edit]

Drayton, born in Templeton. He attended schools at Sockburn and Hornby before finishing his education at Christchurch Boys' High School.[1]

Drayton trained at Wigram after enlisting in the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) in 1944 to 1969, rising to the rank of squadron leader. He served in the administrative section of the RNZAF and served abroad in Australia, Fiji and Singapore. Following World War II he was employed as a computer systems analyst for the Ministry of Defence.[1]

He was a keen sportsman and represented the RNZAF services teams in both cricket and soccer. He was the secretary of the Combined Services Sports Council in 1959. In 1955 he became secretary of the Ellesmere Cricket Association.[1]

Member of Parliament[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1969–1972 36th St Albans Labour
1972–1975 37th St Albans Labour
1975–1978 38th St Albans Labour

He represented the St Albans electorate from 1969 to 1978, when he retired.[2] He became Labour's caucus secretary and later was Chief Opposition Whip between 1976 and 1978.[3]

In 1973 he stood unsuccessfully for the Labour Party vice-presidency, but was beaten by Grey Lynn MP Eddie Isbey.[4]

Later life and death[edit]

Drayton died at his home in Paraparaumu after a long illness aged 61, survived by his wife, son and daughter.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Former Chch M.P. dies". The Press. 25 June 1986. p. 9.
  2. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 193.
  3. ^ Traue 1978, p. 102.
  4. ^ Grant 2014, p. 251.


  • Who's Who in New Zealand by J.E. Traue (1978, Reed, Wellington)
  • Grant, David (2014). The Mighty Totara: The life and times of Norman Kirk. Auckland: Random House. ISBN 9781775535799.
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Bert Walker
Member of Parliament for St Albans
Succeeded by
David Caygill
Party political offices
Preceded by
Ron Barclay
Senior Whip of the Labour Party
Succeeded by
Russell Marshall