|The Right Honourable
|5th Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand|
8 December 1972 – 1 September 1974
|Prime Minister||Norman Kirk|
|Preceded by||Robert Muldoon|
|Succeeded by||Bob Tizard|
|Acting Prime Minister of New Zealand|
1 September 1974 – 6 September 1974
|Preceded by||(Norman Kirk †)|
|Succeeded by||Bill Rowling|
|Born||19 March 1912
Perth, Western Australia
|Died||4 February 1980
Wellington, New Zealand
Hugh Watt PC (19 March 1912 – 4 February 1980) was a Labour member of Parliament and Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1972–1974. He was briefly the Acting Prime Minister of New Zealand between 1 September 1974 – 6 September 1974 following the death of Norman Kirk.
|Parliament of New Zealand|
Watt was first appointed to the ministry led by Walter Nash; he was Minister of Works (1957–1960) and Minister of Electricity (1958–1960). In the ministry led by Norman Kirk, he was Minister of Labour (1972–1974) and Minister of Works and Development (1972–1974). In the ministry led by Bill Rowling, he remained the portfolio of Works and Development, and was appointed to the Executive Council without portfolio.
Watt was appointed New Zealand's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom effective from 22 March 1975 for three years. Controversially, he stayed on as a member of parliament and Cabinet Minister. In June 1975, Watt was asked if he was about to resign as an MP. He stated that: "If I were to resign now as a Member of Parliament [for Onehunga] it would mean that I would lose my Cabinet status and the unique position that I have as High Commissioner with Executive Council rank that gives me access to British Government Ministers."
When Robert Muldoon's government was elected on 29 November 1975, the incoming Prime Minister appointed a cabinet of National Party members.
He died in 1980 in Wellington.
- Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand parliamentary record, 1840–1984 (4 ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
- Hugh Watt profile via World Statesmen
|New Zealand Parliament|
|Member of Parliament for Onehunga
|Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand