The new Minister of Maori Affairs is the Hon. Duncan MacIntyre, who has been Minister of Lands, Minister of Forests, and Minister in charge of the Valuation Department. He was elected to Parliament as member for Hastings in 1960.
He was born at Hastings and as a boy lived at Bridge Pa. When 10 years old, he was sent to Larchfield School in Scotland, and then went to Christ's College, Christchurch. From 1935 to 1939 he managed a station at Punakitere in the Hokianga County, and after the outbreak of World War II was commissioned in the New Zealand Army. In 1940 he was Adjutant of the 15th North Auckland Battalion.
He served in the Middle East, Italy, and in Japan as a member of the New Zealand Divisional Cavalry Regiment and was
awarded the D.S.O., mentioned in despatches and passed Junior Staff College. In 1945, as Commanding Officer of the New Zealand Divisional Cavalry, he was given command of the 28th Maori Battalion contingent and took it to Japan.
After the war he commanded the 1st Battalion, Hawke's Bay Regiment, the N.Z. Scottish Regiment, the 2nd Infantry Brigade and the 4th Armoured Brigade in the Territorial Army. He holds the Efficiency Decoration and in 1956 was awarded the O.B.E. He was appointed Territorial Member of the New Zealand Army Board in 1960.
Mr MacIntyre became a farm owner in 1952, buying a property at Porangahau. From 1956 to 1965 he was a member of the Hawke's Bay Catchment Board. He has been an R.S.A. committee member and provincial Federated Farmers delegate.
In 1966 as Minister of Lands, he also became the Administrator of the Waitangi Trust. He was a member of the Maori Affairs Select Committee of Parliament from 1961 to 1966.
His sporting interests have included rugby, shooting and rowing.
Mr and Mrs MacIntyre have two sons and three daughters.