David Gascoigne

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David Gascoigne
Viceregal consort of New Zealand
In office
28 September 2016 – 28 September 2021
Preceded byJanine Mateparae
Succeeded byRichard Davies
Personal details
David Rendel Kingston Gascoigne

(1940-01-15) 15 January 1940 (age 84)
Wairau, New Zealand
Spouse(s)Margaret Louise Campbell
(m. 2016)
Alma materVictoria University of Wellington

Sir David Rendel Kingston Gascoigne KNZM CBE QSO CStJ (born 15 January 1940) is a New Zealand lawyer and former judicial conduct commissioner. He is the husband of Dame Patsy Reddy, who served as the 21st governor-general of New Zealand from 2016 to 2021.

Early life and education[edit]

Gascoigne was born on 15 January 1940 in the Wairau Valley of New Zealand's South Island, the son of Keith and Dorothy Gascoigne.[1][2] The family moved to Blenheim where he received most of his schooling, including at Marlborough College where he was dux.[3]

Gascoigne completed tertiary study at Victoria University of Wellington, graduating with a Master of Laws degree in 1964.[4]


Gascoigne began his legal career with Watts and Patterson (now Minter Ellison Rudd Watts), where he became chairman of partners specialising in corporate law. He maintains an association with this firm.[5] Gascoigne's early partners in the practice included his future second wife, Patsy Reddy, and her then husband, Geoff Harley.[6]

Gascoigne served as chairman of Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand Limited, New Zealand Film Production Fund Trust, and New Zealand Opera Limited. He also served as the chairman of Transpower New Zealand Limited until November 2007 and chairman of The Co-operative Bank Limited until 1 April 2012. He serves as a board member of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Gascoigne served as a director of Transpower New Zealand Limited from 27 December 2000 to 31 October 2007. He served as a director at Skycity Leisure Limited and Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand Limited.[7]

From 2005 to 2016, Gascoigne was an independent reviewer of the Auditor General's audit allocation process.[8] From 2009, he served a six-year term as New Zealand's second judicial conduct commissioner.[9]

Honours and awards[edit]

In the 1989 New Year Honours, Gascoigne was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, for services to the film industry.[10]

Gascoigne was appointed a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to arts and business, in the 2006 New Year Honours.[11] In the 2009 Special Honours, he accepted re-designation as a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit following the restoration of titular honours by the New Zealand government.[12]

In 2016, Gascoigne was appointed a Commander of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem.[13]

On 28 September 2021, the final day of his wife's term as governor-general, Gascoigne was appointed an additional Companion of the Queen's Service Order.[14][15]


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  3. ^ Raymond, Robin (13 August 2012). "Jibe drove Sir David to success". Marlborough Express. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Victoria's Distinguished Alumni Awards announced". Scoop Independent News. 24 August 2006. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Sir David Gascoigne KNZM, CBE, LLM". Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Five minutes with... Lloyd Kavanagh, Minter Ellison Rudd Watts". Archived from the original on 23 April 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  7. ^ "David Rendel Kingston Gascoigne KNZM, CBE, LLM". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  8. ^ "David Gascoigne". World Services Group. Archived from the original on 20 April 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Office of the Judicial Conduct Commissioner". Ministry of Justice. 2016. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  10. ^ "No. 51580". The London Gazette (3rd supplement). 31 December 1988. p. 33.
  11. ^ Taylor, Phil (31 December 2005). "New Year Honours: Stacey Jones receives a parting gift". Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  12. ^ "Special honours list 1 August 2009". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 1 August 2009. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  13. ^ "No. 61619". The London Gazette. 15 June 2016. p. 13264.
  14. ^ Ardern, Jacinda (28 September 2021). "PM farewells Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy". New Zealand Government. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
  15. ^ "Special honours list 28 September 2021". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 28 September 2021. Retrieved 28 September 2021.