|Minister of Transport|
|Prime Minister||Walter Nash|
|Succeeded by||Harry Lake|
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Grey Lynn
|Preceded by||John A. Lee|
|Succeeded by||Reginald Keeling|
|Died|| (aged 61)
Auckland, New Zealand
|Political party||Labour Party|
|Spouse(s)||Ivy Lily Bradford (m. 1923)|
Frederick Hackett (1901 – 19 March 1963) was a New Zealand politician of the Labour Party.
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.
Member of Parliament
|Parliament of New Zealand|
He was a cabinet minister in the Fraser Ministry of the First Labour Government: Postmaster-General and Minister of Telegraphs (1946–1949), Minister of Transport (1947–1949), Minister of Marine (1947–1949), Minister in charge of the Public Trust Office (1946–1947), State Fire Insurance (1946–1947), and Government Life Insurance Department (1946–1947). In the Second Labour Government, he was Minister of Labour, Minister of Mines, and Minister of Immigration (all 1957–1960).
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 Clarence 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.
On 19 March 1963 Hackett collapsed and died at his New Lynn home. He was buried at Purewa Cemetery. 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.
- Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
- Sinclair, Keith (1976). Walter Nash. Auckland, New Zealand: Oxford.
- Biography at Trade Union website
|New Zealand Parliament|
John A. Lee
|Member of Parliament for Grey Lynn
|Party political offices|
|Deputy-Leader of the Labour Party
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