Richard Geoffrey Gerard

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Gerard (back row, fifth from left) in 1963

Richard Geoffrey Gerard CMG (4 October 1904 – 26 September 1997) was a New Zealand politician of the National Party, and a cabinet minister.


New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1943–1946 27th Mid-Canterbury National
1946–1949 28th Ashburton National
1949–1951 29th Ashburton National
1951–1954 30th Ashburton National
1954–1957 31st Ashburton National
1957–1960 32nd Ashburton National
1960–1963 33rd Ashburton National
1963–1966 34th Ashburton National

Gerard was born in Christchurch in 1904. He received his education at Christ's College and then farmed at Mount Hutt.[1]

He represented the Canterbury electorates of Mid-Canterbury from 1943 to 1946, and then the Ashburton electorate from 1946 to 1966 when he retired.[2] He was Minister of Marine under Holland and Holyoake (1957, 1961–1963),[3] Minister of Social Security (1957) under Holland and Holyoake,[4] Minister of Lands under Holyoake (1957, 1960–1966),[5] and Minister of Forests under Holyoake (1957, 1960–1966).[5]

He was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George for public services in the 1981 New Year Honours.[2][6]

His son Jim followed in his footsteps, representing the Rangiora electorate from 1984.[1]


  1. ^ a b Gustafson 1986, p. 313.
  2. ^ a b Wilson 1985, p. 199.
  3. ^ Wilson 1985, pp. 87–89.
  4. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 87.
  5. ^ a b Wilson 1985, pp. 88–89.
  6. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 48469, 31 December 1980. Retrieved 26 May 2013.


  • 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.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Mary Grigg
Member of Parliament for Mid-Canterbury
Constituency abolished
In abeyance
Title last held by
William Nosworthy
Member of Parliament for Ashburton
Succeeded by
Rob Talbot

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