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Tom McGuigan

Prime Minister  Norman Kirk
Preceded by  Les Gandar
Preceded by  Peter Gordon
Succeeded by  Ron Bailey
Succeeded by  Ron Bailey
Name  Tom McGuigan
Prime Minister  Norman Kirk

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Thomas Malcolm "Tom" McGuigan, (20 February 1921 – 5 February 2013), was a New Zealand politician of the Labour Party.


Early life

McGuigan was born and raised in Christchurch. The son of Thomas McGuigan, he was educated at Christchurch Boys' High School. He represented his school in various sports (cricket, soccer, and athletics). He served as a naval officer in World War II and met his wife-to-be, Ruth, in Britain. He married Ruth Deacon, the daughter of John Deacon, on 23 February 1946. They had one daughter and two sons.

McGuigan was an accountant and secretary from 1946 to 1954. He was the house manager at Christchurch Hospital (1955–1957), senior administration officer at Princess Margaret Hospital (1957–1969), house manager of Coronation House (1963–1969), and house manager at the NCHB Subsidiary Institution (1965–1969).

Later life

McGuigan was elected to Parliament in the 1969 election in the Lyttelton electorate. When Labour formed a government after the 1972 election, Norman Kirk appointed McGuigan as Minister of Railways, and Minister of Electricity. After Kirk's sudden death, the new prime minister, Bill Rowling, appointed McGuigan to the portfolio that he had really wanted - Minister of Health. McGuigan was defeated in the 1975 election by Colleen Dewe of the National Party.

McGuigan was active in the administration of soccer, and in 1974–1975 was the president of the New Zealand Football Association. He was for many years the secretary of the Canterbury Football Association, and he refereed boys' soccer.

In the 1986 New Year Honours, McGuigan was made a Companion of the Queen's Service Order for public services. He died at Windsor House, a rest home in Christchurch's suburb of Shirley, on 5 February 2013, aged 91. His wife had died before him.


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