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John Norman (Jack) Massey (17 November 1885 – 12 December 1964) was a New Zealand politician of the Reform Party and then the National Party.

Political careerEdit

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1928–1931 23rd Franklin Reform
1931–1935 24th Franklin Reform
1938–1943 26th Franklin National
1943–1946 27th Franklin National
1946–1949 28th Franklin National
1949–1951 29th Franklin National
1951–1954 30th Franklin National
1954–1957 31st Franklin National

He represented the Franklin electorate from 1928 to 1935, when he was defeated by Arthur Sexton of the Country Party. Labour did not run a candidate against him in 1935.

He was re-elected in 1938, as Labour stood a candidate, and the anti-government vote was split between Labour and the Country Party. He held the seat for National until he was deselected as the National candidate in 1957 in favour of Alfred E. Allen.

He farmed near Pukekohe where he drained swamp country, and had been chairman of the Franklin County Council for eighteen years, and Chairman of the Aka Aka Drainage Board for fourteen years.

He was a son of Prime Minister William Massey, who held Franklin from 1896 until his death in 1925. He was the brother of Walter William Massey who represented the Hauraki electorate from 1931 to 1935.

In 1935, he was awarded the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal.[1]

Further readingEdit

  • Gustafson, Barry (1986), The first 50 years: a history of the New Zealand National Party, Auckland, [N.Z.]: Reed Methuen, p. 333, ISBN 0-474-00177-6
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Ewen McLennan
Member of Parliament for Franklin
1928–1935
1938–1957
Succeeded by
Arthur Sexton
Preceded by
Arthur Sexton
Succeeded by
Alf Allen

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Official jubilee medals". Evening Post. CXIX (105). 6 May 1935. p. 4. Retrieved 6 September 2015.