Jack Luxton

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John Finlay "Jack" Luxton, QSO (14 August 1923 – 29 August 2005) was a dairy farmer and New Zealand Member of Parliament.

Biography[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1966–1969 35th Piako National
1969–1972 36th Piako National
1972–1975 37th Piako National
1975–1978 38th Piako National
1978–1981 39th Matamata National
1981–1984 40th Matamata National
1984–1987 41st Matamata National

Luxton was born in 1923 in Waitoa, between Morrinsville and Te Aroha. He attended the local primary school, followed by Hamilton Technical College. After leaving school, he was a dairy farmer in Waitoa. He became prominent in the Waikato branch of Federated Farmers, serving as dominion councillor before his election to Parliament.[1] He continued a family involvement with the Tatua Dairy Company as a director for several years.

He entered Parliament in 1966 as the National Party member for Piako and then, after boundary changes for the 1978 election, Matamata.[2] He represented the predominantly rural electorate for 21 years to 1987. He was elected Chairman of Committees in 1976, a position he held until National's defeat in 1984.[3] He was particularly interested in Pacific Island affairs, and in 1976 led a Government-sponsored tour of eight Pacific nations to investigate local industries, with a view to increasing New Zealand involvement there.

On his retirement from politics in 1987, his son John Luxton succeeded him in the Matamata (later Karapiro) electorate, from 1987 to 1999.

After politics, Luxton took an active part in his family's horticulture block in Katikati.

Luxton was made a Companion of the Queen's Service Order for public services in the 1987 Queen's Birthday Honours.[4] He died in 2005, aged 82, in Morrinsville. He is survived by his wife, Margaret, sons Rodney, Bruce, & John, daughter Barbara and their families.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Gustafson 1986, p. 327.
  2. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 213.
  3. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 252.
  4. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 50950, 12 June 1987. Retrieved 17 January 2013.

References[edit]

  • Gustafson, Barry (1986). The First 50 Years : A History of the New Zealand National Party. Auckland: Reed Methuen. ISBN 0-474-00177-6. 
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand parliamentary record, 1840–1984 (4 ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Harrison
Chairman of Committees of the House of Representatives
1978–1984
Succeeded by
John Terris
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Geoffrey Sim
Member of Parliament for Piako
1966–1978
Vacant
Constituency abolished, recreated in 2002
Title next held by
Lindsay Tisch
New constituency Member of Parliament for Matamata
1978–1987
Succeeded by
John Luxton