George Gair, former Cabinet minister, dies

  • 19/08/2015
George Gair, former Cabinet minister, dies

Former senior Cabinet minister, North Shore mayor and high commissioner to London George Gair has died aged 88.

Mr Gair, who died on Monday, served as MP for North Shore from 1966 to 1990, high commissioner from 1991 to 1994 and then spent one term as North Shore mayor.

Prime Minister John Key acknowledged his passing.

"George made a significant contribution to the National Party, to parliament and to the community," Mr Key said.

"He was well-known for his competent and well-mannered approach and was highly regarded by his colleagues."

Mr Gair was a deputy leader of the National Party and while a minister held the health, transport, energy, housing and rail portfolios.

He was a Companion of the Queen's Service Order for his dedication to public services and was a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George.

In 2010, he completed his masters of philosophy at the age of 83, more than 60 years after completing his bachelor of arts degree.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years Fay and their three children, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

His funeral will be held in Albany on September 4.

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