Norman Jones (politician)

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Norman Philip Hastings Jones, QSM (15 August 1923 – 19 November 1987) was a New Zealand National Party politician, who represented the Invercargill electorate in Parliament.


Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1975–1978 38th Invercargill National
1978–1981 39th Invercargill National
1981–1984 40th Invercargill National
1984–1987 41st Invercargill National

Jones was born in 1923 at Invercargill. He attended Otago and Victoria Universities, and Dunedin Teachers' College. He taught at Wanganui for some time, before returning south to become assistant master at Southland College. Subsequently, he worked at James Hargest College and Southland Boys' High School.[1]

He served as a private in the 23rd Infantry Battalion during World War II and lost his right leg to tank fire.[citation needed]

Jones was an Invercargill city councillor for 18 years, and served one term as deputy mayor. He was particularly notable for his vehement opposition to the Homosexual Law Reform Act 1986. Due to his outspokenness on this and other issues, the media dubbed him "the mouth from the south".

"Turn around and look at them ... gaze upon them ... you're looking into Hades ... don't look too long – you might catch AIDS."[2]

Norman Jones referring to homosexuals in 1985

When the Labour Party won office in 1984, an economic summit was held in the debating chamber. Representatives from industry, unions and community groups attended. Jones refused to vacate his seat saying he would not give up his chair for some communist to sit down.

He first stood for Parliament at a by-election in 1945. He had contested seven elections before being chosen as the National candidate for Invercargill in 1975, when he beat the incumbent Labour representative, J. B. Munro.[1][3] He remained in Parliament until shortly before his death in 1987.

Norman Jones died on 19 November 1987[4][5] from a brain tumour at the age of 64. His autobiography, Jonesy, published five years earlier in 1982, detailed his wartime service and his political career, although a number of the most controversial aspects and events of his public service occurred after the book's publication.


  1. ^ a b Gustafson, Barry (1986). The First 50 Years : A History of the New Zealand National Party. Auckland: Reed Methuen. ISBN 0-474-00177-6. 
  2. ^ "Reforming the law - homosexual law reform". Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand parliamentary record, 1840–1984 (4 ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. pp. 209, 222. OCLC 154283103. 
  4. ^ "PART 5 - From Law Reform to the present". Queer History New Zealand. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Obituary---N. P. H. Jones". VDIG group. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 

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New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
J. B. Munro
Member of Parliament for Invercargill
Succeeded by
Rob Munro