Murray John Finlay Luxton Death – Murray John Finlay Luxton CNZM QSO, a New Zealand National Party politician who served as a Member of Parliament from 1987 to 2002 has died on November 16, 2021. Luxton was first elected to Parliament in the 1987 election as the MP for Matamata. Luxton replaced his father, Jack Luxton, who held the Piako electorate then Matamata for 21 years from 1966 and had been Chairman of Committees in Parliament, according to Wikipedia. His father, Jack Luxton, was a National Party MP from 1966 to 1987.
John Luxton was born in Morrinsville on 14 September 1946. Luxton attended Hamilton Boys’ High School and Massey University (BAgSc, DipAgSc, DipBusSc, MMgt). From 2008 to 2015, he was the Chairman of DairyNZ, the organization that represents all New Zealand dairy farmers. After his initial role as a Ministry of Agriculture dairy specialist, Luxton and his late wife Merryl went dairy farming. Luxton was regarded by many as one of the more economically liberal members of the National Party.
In the 1990 election, when Jim Bolger was elected as Prime Minister, Luxton was appointed to Cabinet. Luxton also served as minister many times, his ministerial role included Minister of Energy, Minister of Housing, Minister of Māori Affairs, Minister of Police, Minister of Commerce, Minister of Industry, Minister of Fisheries, Minister of Lands, Minister of Customs, and Minister of Agriculture. He also served as an Associate Minister of Education and of Overseas Trade.
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