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Ralph Hanan

Ralph Hanan

During the 1960s Ralph Hanan was National's leading liberal and law reformer. When National gained office in 1960, party leader Keith Holyoake appointed him attorney-general, minister of justice and minister of Māori affairs. Among Hanan's most notable achievements was the abolition of capital punishment in 1961 and the creation of the Office of the Ombudsman in 1962. He also strongly promoted self-government for Cook Islands.

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Colin James, 'National Party - Party principles', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 July 2024)

Story by Colin James, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Jul 2020