Fred Hackett

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Fred Hackett
Fred Hackett, 1958.JPG
Minister of Transport
In office
Prime MinisterWalter Nash
Succeeded byHarry Lake
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Grey Lynn
In office
Preceded byJohn A. Lee
Succeeded byReginald Keeling
Personal details
Southampton, England
Died (aged 61)
Auckland, New Zealand
Political partyLabour Party
Ivy Lily Bradford (m. 1923)

Frederick Hackett (1901 – 19 March 1963) was a New Zealand politician of the Labour Party.

Early life[edit]

Hackett was born in Southampton in 1901. He found employment in the British Merchant Navy transporting refugees. He became a gunner in the Royal Navy during World War I. In 1921 he moved to New Zealand and he married Ivy Lily Bradford in Dunedin in 1923; together they had four children. He became an active unionist and in 1922 Hackett joined the Auckland Transport Board.[1]

Member of Parliament[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1943–1946 27th Grey Lynn Labour
1946–1949 28th Grey Lynn Labour
1949–1951 29th Grey Lynn Labour
1951–1954 30th Grey Lynn Labour
1954–1957 31st Grey Lynn Labour
1957–1960 32nd Grey Lynn Labour
1960–1963 33rd Grey Lynn Labour

Hackett was the Member of Parliament for Grey Lynn from 1943 to 1963, when he died.[2] He replaced John A. Lee in the electorate when Lee was expelled from the Labour Party.[3]

Cabinet Minister[edit]

He was a cabinet minister in the Fraser Ministry of the First Labour Government: Postmaster-General and Minister of Telegraphs (1946–1949),[4] Minister of Transport (1947–1949),[4] Minister of Marine (1947–1949),[4] Minister in charge of the Public Trust Office (1946–1947),[5] State Fire Insurance (1946–1947),[6] and Government Life Insurance Department (1946–1947).[7] In the Second Labour Government, he was Minister of Labour, Minister of Mines, and Minister of Immigration (all 1957–1960).[8]

Hackett was opposed to New Zealand joining the International Monetary Fund, arguing that the state should have sole right to govern the country's finances.

In June 1962 Hackett was elected as the deputy leader of the Labour Party upon the death of Jerry Skinner. He beat both Hugh Watt and Arnold Nordmeyer for the position, as a compromise candidate as was regarded by many within the Party as a middle roader. Hackett also likely received sympathy votes as he was known to have been ill.[9]

On 19 March 1963 Hackett collapsed and died at his New Lynn home. He was buried at Purewa Cemetery.[1] Walter Nash favoured Hackett to replace him when he retired prior the 1963 election, but with the deaths of Hackett, Nash was eventually replaced by Arnold Nordmeyer.


  1. ^ a b Verran, David (2000). "Frederick (Fred) Hackett". Archived from the original on 26 October 2009. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  2. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 202.
  3. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 212.
  4. ^ a b c Wilson 1985, p. 84.
  5. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 128.
  6. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 131.
  7. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 120.
  8. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 88.
  9. ^ Sinclair 1976, p. 355.


Political offices
Preceded by
Paddy Webb
and Minister of Telegraphs

Succeeded by
Walter Broadfoot
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
John A. Lee
Member of Parliament for Grey Lynn
Succeeded by
Reginald Keeling
Party political offices
Preceded by
Jerry Skinner
Deputy-Leader of the Labour Party
Succeeded by
Hugh Watt