Bill Birch

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Sir William Francis Birch (born 9 April 1934), usually known as Bill Birch, is a former New Zealand politician.wikipedia
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Fourth National Government of New Zealand

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He served as Minister of Finance for several years in the fourth National government.
Subsequently, Richardson was replaced as Finance Minister by Bill Birch, and left politics.

Fraser High School, Hamilton

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He was educated at Hamilton's Technical High School and through Wellington Technical Correspondence School.

Think Big

As Minister for National Development, Birch was closely involved in the Think Big project, a series of high-cost programmes designed to reduce New Zealand's dependence on imported fuel.
In 1978 Bill Birch became the Minister of Energy.

Minister of Finance (New Zealand)

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He served as Minister of Finance for several years in the fourth National government. During this period, Birch clashed a number of times with the controversial Minister of Finance, Ruth Richardson.

1999 New Zealand general election

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Birch retired from Parliament at the 1999 general election.
The coalition was unpopular, as New Zealand First was seen as opposed to the National government, and had made many statements in the 1996 election campaign to that effect, such as saying that only through New Zealand First could National Party be toppled, and Peters said that he would not accept Jim Bolger as Prime Minister, Bill Birch as Finance Minister or Jenny Shipley in a social welfare portfolio.

Pukekohe

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He was trained as a surveyor, and established a business in Pukekohe, a small town south of Auckland.

Minister of Immigration (New Zealand)

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Over the next three years, he was to hold a number of ministerial roles, including Minister of Labour, Minister of Immigration, Minister of Pacific Island Affairs, Minister of Employment, Minister of Health, Minister of State Services, and Minister responsible for the ACC.

Jim Bolger

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The Prime Minister, Jim Bolger, had never been a supporter of Richardson's strong laissez-faire policies, and preferred the more conservative Birch for the Finance portfolio.
Following the close of the election Bolger demoted Richardson to the back benches and appointed Bill Birch, who was seen as more moderate.

New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal

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Birch was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977, and the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal in 1990.

Minister of Labour (New Zealand)

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Over the next three years, he was to hold a number of ministerial roles, including Minister of Labour, Minister of Immigration, Minister of Pacific Island Affairs, Minister of Employment, Minister of Health, Minister of State Services, and Minister responsible for the ACC.

Minister of Health (New Zealand)

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Over the next three years, he was to hold a number of ministerial roles, including Minister of Labour, Minister of Immigration, Minister of Pacific Island Affairs, Minister of Employment, Minister of Health, Minister of State Services, and Minister responsible for the ACC.

Ruth Richardson

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During this period, Birch clashed a number of times with the controversial Minister of Finance, Ruth Richardson.
People such as Bill Birch and George Gair, who McLay associated with the Muldoon era, were demoted.

Bill English

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He was both Treasurer and Minister of Finance for several months before Bill English was promoted to Minister of Finance, leaving Birch with the senior role.
English was promoted to Minister of Finance in a reshuffle in January 1999, a position which was at the time subordinate to the Treasurer, Bill Birch.

Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal

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Birch was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977, and the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal in 1990.

New Zealand Order of Merit

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In the 1999 Queen's Birthday Honours, he was appointed a Knight Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for public services as a Member of Parliament and Minister of the Crown.

Port Waikato (New Zealand electorate)

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It was held by Bill Birch for one term, and the remaining three terms by Paul Hutchison; both were members of the National Party.

Winston Peters

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New Zealand First's leader, Winston Peters, insisted on control of the Finance role as part of the coalition agreement, and National eventually agreed.

1999 Birthday Honours

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In the 1999 Queen's Birthday Honours, he was appointed a Knight Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for public services as a Member of Parliament and Minister of the Crown.
* The Right Honourable William Francis Birch MP.

New Zealand National Party

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Bill Birch's "Think Big" initiatives, designed to invest public money in energy self-sufficiency, stand in contrast to the party's views.

Franklin (New Zealand electorate)

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Alf Allen held the seat until 1972, when he retired and was replaced by future National minister Bill Birch, who held the seat over the remaining three periods that the seat existed.