Lockwood Smith

Sir Alexander Lockwood Smith KNZM (born 13 November 1948) is a New Zealand politician and diplomat who was High Commissioner of New Zealand to the United Kingdom from 2013 to 2017, and Speaker of the House of Representatives from 2008 to 2013.


Sir Lockwood Smith

Lockwood Smith speaking at the 70th anniversary of the arrival of US Forces in New Zealand
26th High Commissioner of New Zealand to the United Kingdom
In office
25 March 2013  24 March 2017
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterJohn Key
Bill English
Preceded byDerek Leask
Succeeded bySir Jerry Mateparae
28th Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives
In office
8 December 2008  1 February 2013
Prime MinisterJohn Key
Preceded byMargaret Wilson
Succeeded byDavid Carter
38th Minister of Education
In office
2 November 1990  1 March 1996
Prime MinisterJim Bolger
Preceded byPhil Goff
Succeeded byWyatt Creech
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Kaipara
In office
14 July 1984  12 October 1996
Preceded byPeter Wilkinson
Succeeded byelectorate abolished
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Rodney
In office
12 October 1996  2011
Preceded byvacant (last held by Don McKinnon)
Succeeded byMark Mitchell
Majority15,635[1]
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for National Party list
In office
10 December 2011  15 February 2013
Personal details
Born (1948-11-13) 13 November 1948 (age 72)
Paparoa, Northland, New Zealand
NationalityNew Zealand
Political partyNational
Spouse(s)
Alexandra Lang
(m. 2009)
ResidenceRuawai, Northland, New Zealand

Smith is a member of the New Zealand National Party and served as a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1984 until his retirement to pursue diplomatic roles in 2013. He represented first the Kaipara electorate and then Rodney, and has held a number of Cabinet positions; he was Minister of Education from 1990 to 1996 and subsequently served as Minister of Agriculture, Minister for International Trade, and Associate Minister of Finance.