Fred Hackett

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The Honourable
Fred Hackett
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Minister of Transport
In office
Prime Minister Walter Nash
Succeeded by Harry Lake
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Grey Lynn
In office
Preceded by John A. Lee
Succeeded by Reginald Keeling
Personal details
Born 1901
Southampton, England
Died (aged 61)
Auckland, New Zealand
Political party Labour Party

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

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
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.[1] He replaced John A. Lee in the electorate when Lee was expelled from the Labour Party.[2]

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),[3] Minister of Transport (1947–1949),[3] Minister of Marine (1947–1949),[3] Minister in charge of the Public Trust Office (1946–1947),[4] State Fire Insurance (1946–1947),[5] and Government Life Insurance Department (1946–1947).[6] In the Second Labour Government, he was Minister of Labour, Minister of Mines, and Minister of Immigration (all 1957–1960).[7]

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. Walter Nash favoured Clarence Skinner and then Hackett to replace him when he retired after the 1960 election, see New Zealand general election, 1963, but with the deaths of first Skinner and then Hackett, Nash was replaced by Arnold Nordmeyer.


  1. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 202.
  2. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 212.
  3. ^ a b c Wilson 1985, p. 84.
  4. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 128.
  5. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 131.
  6. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 120.
  7. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 88.


New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
John A. Lee
Member of Parliament for Grey Lynn
Succeeded by
Reginald Keeling