Peter Gresham

Peter Gresham

Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Waitotara
In office
1990 – 1996
Preceded byVenn Young
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for National party list
In office
1996 – 1999
Personal details
Peter John Gresham

(1933-07-07) 7 July 1933 (age 86)
Geraldine, New Zealand
Political partyNational
Spouse(s)Margot Gresham
CabinetMinister of Social Welfare and Minister of Senior Citizens

Peter John Gresham ONZM JP (born 7 July 1933) is a former New Zealand politician. He was a Member of Parliament from 1990 to 1999, representing the National Party.

Early life

Gresham was born in Geraldine in 1933 and attended St. Kevins College in Oamaru. Before entering politics, Gresham was an accountant.[1]

Political career

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
1990–1993 43rd Waitotara National
1993–1996 44th Waitotara National
1996–1999 45th List 24 National

Gresham was first elected to Parliament in the 1990 election as MP for Waitotara, and then re-elected in the 1993 election. At the 1996 election, the bulk of his Waitotara seat was merged with Wanganui to create the new seat of Whanganui, and Gresham was defeated by Jill Pettis of the Labour Party. Gresham remained in Parliament as a list MP, but retired at the 1999 election.[2]

From 1993 to 1996, he served as Minister of Social Welfare and Minister of Senior Citizens.[3][4]


In the 2002 Queen's Birthday and Golden Jubilee Honours List, Gresham was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for public services.[5] He is a Knight of Malta, a Catholic religious military order.


  1. ^ Paltridge, Antony (8 October 1996). "Sitting MPs fight for Whanganui". Taranaki Daily News. p. 21.
  2. ^ G A Wood (ed), Ministers and Members in the New Zealand Parliament, University of Otago, Dunedin, 1996, p. 91.
  3. ^ G A Wood (ed), p. 81 and 91.
  4. ^ Craig Spanhake (compiler), Ministers and members in the New Zealand Parliament, 1996-2005 : supplement for the years 1996-2005 to G.A. Wood's Ministers and members in the New Zealand Parliament : together with appendices updating J.O. Wilson's New Zealand parliamentary record, Tarkwode, Dunedin, 2006, pp. 2 and 5.
  5. ^ Queen's Birthday and Golden Jubilee Honours List 2002. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Venn Young
Member of Parliament for Waitotara
1990 – 1996
Constituency abolished
Contested Whanganui instead

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