Ted Keating

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Edwin Joseph (Ted) Keating, CMG (29 October 1910 – 22 October 1987), was a New Zealand Member of Parliament for the Labour Party, academic and director of the Bank of New Zealand.


Early life and career[edit]

Keating was born in Aldershot, England in 1910[1] and arrived in New Zealand in 1926 alongside family members. He found employment with the New Zealand Post Office and attended the University of Auckland part-time, eventually graduating with a master of arts majoring in history.[2]

He married Rita Wigg in Dunedin on 29 March 1948 with whom he had four sons and one daughter.[2]

He was Vice-President of the New Zealand Post Office Association from 1949 to 1954 and a member of the Post Office Promotion Board from 1950 to 1954. He was a member of the Government Superannuation Board from 1948 to 1953.[3]

Political career[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1954–1957 31st Hastings Labour
1957–1960 32nd Hastings Labour

At the 1953 local-body elections he stood unsuccessfully for the Wellington Harbour Board on a Labour ticket.[4]

Keating represented the Hastings electorate from 1954 to 1960, when he was defeated by National's Duncan MacIntyre.[5] He attempted to regain the seat in 1963, but was unsuccessful.

He was a member of the Labour Party's national executive from 1957 to 1960 and chairman of the Wellington Labour Party Division from 1968 to 1975.[3]

Later career[edit]

After politics he became a tutor and senior lecturer in industrial relations at Victoria University of Wellington.[3] Keating also served as a director of the Bank of New Zealand from 1975 to 1987.[2] He had previously been a member of the bank's housing allocation committee from 1947 to 1960.[3]

He was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in the 1986 Queen's Birthday Honours for public and community services.[6]


He died in 1987 in Wellington after a lengthy illness. He was survived by his wife, five children and three grandchildren.[2]


  1. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 209.
  2. ^ a b c d "Former Hastings MP Dies". The Dominion. 24 October 1987. p. 2.
  3. ^ a b c d Traue 1978, p. 160.
  4. ^ "Citizens Keep Majority on Harbour Board". The Dominion. 1 November 1953.
  5. ^ Wilson 1985, pp. 209, 215.
  6. ^ Taylor, p. 211.


  • 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.
  • Honoured by the Queen by Alister Taylor
  • Who's Who in New Zealand by J.E. Traue (1978, Reed, Wellington)
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Sydney Jones
Member of Parliament for Hastings
Succeeded by
Duncan MacIntyre