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Tony Steel
New Zealand politician

Tony Steel

Tony Steel
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Intro New Zealand politician
Is Athlete Rugby union player Politician
From New Zealand
Field Politics Sports
Gender male
Birth 31 July 1941
Age 80 years
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Anthony Gordon (Tony) Steel (born 31 July 1941) is a former New Zealand rugby union player, politician and educator.

Early years

He was born in Greymouth, and played rugby first for his school, Christchurch Boys' High School, and then for Canterbury before finally playing for the All Blacks between 1966 and 1968. He was a part of the All Blacks 1967 New Zealand rugby union tour of Britain, France and Canada.

After retiring from sport due to injury, he took up teaching, first at the Brisbane Grammar School and then back in New Zealand. He eventually became headmaster of Hamilton Boys' High School.

Member of Parliament

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1990–1993 43rd Hamilton East National
1996–1999 45th Hamilton East 44 National
1999–2002 46th Hamilton East none National

In the 1990 elections, he stood for Parliament as a candidate for the National Party, defeating Labour's Bill Dillon in the Hamilton East electorate. In the 1993 elections, however, he was defeated by Labour's Dianne Yates. He regained the seat in the 1996 elections, and retained it in the 1999 elections, but in the 2002 elections, he was defeated again by Dianne Yates. Having opted not to seek a position on National's party list, Steel left Parliament. Testament to Steel's popularity in the city of Hamilton is the fact that he lost what has traditionally been regarded as a bellwether seat by a mere 600 votes, in an election where the National Party was almost destroyed by its lowest polling result in recent history.


In the year 2000 an extra house was added at Hamilton Boys' High School, named Steel house, after Tony Steel. Apart from Argyle House (the boarding house), all of the other houses are also named after former Headmasters.

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