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Preceded by  Ethel McMillan
Political party  National
Succeeded by  Sukhi Turner

Preceded by  Cliff Skeggs
Succeeded by  Stan Rodger
Name  Richard Walls
Richard Walls
Born  9 October 1937 Dunedin (1937-10-09)
Died  30 October 2011(2011-10-30) (aged 74) Dunedin

Richard walls performing clubmartyr at the shoot festival

Richard Francis Walls (9 October 1937 – 30 October 2011) was a New Zealand politician and businessman.


Member of Parliament

Walls was a Member of Parliament for Dunedin North from 1975 to 1978. A member of the National Party, he won the normally safe Labour seat as part of Robert Muldoon's landslide victory of 1975. He was the first National MP to represent a significant portion of Dunedin, a long-standing Labour stronghold, in 21 years. Walls was defeated after only one term by Labour's Stan Rodger; to date, he is the last National MP to represent Dunedin.

Dunedin City Council

Walls was first elected onto Dunedin City Council in 1980. Prior to that he served on the St. Kilda Borough Council (1962–1965) and on the Otago Harbour Board (1965–1974; Chairman 1971–1973. He was Mayor of Dunedin for two terms from 1989 to 1995. He was re-elected to the Dunedin City Council in 1998 and until October 2010 he was a councillor representing the Hills Ward; Chair of the Finance and Strategy Committee from 2007 to 2010. In the 2010 Dunedin local elections, he stood in the Central ward, but was unsuccessful.

Outside politics

In 2010 Walls was Chairman of Dunedin International Airport Limited; a Fellow of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand (FInstD) and a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute Of Management (FNZIM). He was a Justice of the Peace and was appointed Companion of the Queen's Service Order for public services in the 1996 Queen's Birthday Honours.

He died suddenly in his Dunedin home on 30 October 2011 at the age of 74, and is survived by his wife June and three children.


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