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Jack Thomas Watts (15 April 1909 – 6 (or 10)[2] August 1970) was a New Zealand politician of the National Party and the twenty-seventh Minister of Finance, from November 1954 to 12 December 1957, when he retired.

Jack Thomas Watts

Jack Watts.PNG
15th Minister of Health
In office
13 December 1949 – 19 December 1951
Prime MinisterSidney Holland
Preceded byMabel Howard
Succeeded byJack Marshall
29th Minister of Finance
In office
November 1954 – 12 December 1957
Prime MinisterSidney Holland
Keith Holyoake
Preceded bySidney Holland
Succeeded byArnold Nordmeyer
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Riccarton
In office
1943 – 1946
Preceded byHerbert Kyle
Succeeded byAngus McLagan
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for St Albans
In office
1946 – 1957
Preceded bynew constituency
Succeeded byNeville Pickering
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Fendalton
In office
1957 – 1960
Preceded bySidney Holland
Succeeded byHarry Lake
Personal details
Born(1909-04-15)15 April 1909
Palmerston North, New Zealand
Died6 August 1970(1970-08-06) (aged 61)
Wellington, New Zealand[1]
Political partyNational

Political careerEdit

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1943–1946 27th Riccarton National
1946–1949 28th St Albans National
1949–1951 29th St Albans National
1951–1954 30th St Albans National
1954–1957 31st St Albans National
1957–1960 32nd Fendalton National

He was the Member of Parliament for Riccarton 1943–46, then St Albans 1946–57, then Fendalton 1957–60. He was Minister of Health and Minister of Social Security in the Holland Ministry (1949–54), then Minister of Finance and Minister in Charge of the Census and Statistics Department in the next Holland Ministry (1954–57) and in the first Holyoake Ministry of 1957 (plus Minister in Charge of the Inland Revenue Department).

Watts retired at the 1960 election due to poor health.[3]


  1. ^ The First 50 Years: A History of the New Zealand National Party - Barry Gustafson - Google Books. Retrieved 12 January 2014 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Representatives, New Zealand Parliament House of (1971). Parliamentary Debates.
  3. ^ Gustafson 2007, p. 311.
  • Gustafson, Barry (1986). The First 50 Years : A History of the New Zealand National Party. Auckland: Reed Methuen. ISBN 0-474-00177-6.
  • Gustafson, Barry (2007). Kiwi Keith: a biography of Keith Holyoake. Auckland: Auckland University Press. ISBN 978-1-86940-400-0.
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
Political offices
Preceded by
Mabel Howard
Minister of Health
Succeeded by
Jack Marshall
Preceded by
Sidney Holland
Minister of Finance
Succeeded by
Arnold Nordmeyer
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Herbert Kyle
Member of Parliament for Riccarton
Succeeded by
Angus McLagan
In abeyance
Title last held by
William Pember Reeves
Member of Parliament for St Albans
Succeeded by
Neville Pickering
Preceded by
Sidney Holland
Member of Parliament for Fendalton
Succeeded by
Harry Lake

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