Jack Watts (politician)

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Jack Thomas Watts
Jack Watts.PNG
15th Minister of Health
In office
13 December 1949 – 19 December 1951
Prime Minister Sidney Holland
Preceded by Mabel Howard
Succeeded by Jack Marshall
29th Minister of Finance
In office
November 1954 – 12 December 1957
Prime Minister Sidney Holland
Keith Holyoake
Preceded by Sidney Holland
Succeeded by Arnold Nordmeyer
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Riccarton
In office
1943 – 1946
Preceded by Herbert Kyle
Succeeded by Angus McLagan
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for St Albans
In office
1946 – 1957
Preceded by new constituency
Succeeded by Neville Pickering
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Fendalton
In office
1957 – 1960
Preceded by Sidney Holland
Succeeded by Harry Lake
Personal details
Born (1909-04-15)15 April 1909
Palmerston North, New Zealand
Died 6 August 1970(1970-08-06) (aged 61)
Wellington, New Zealand[1]
Political party National

Jack Thomas Watts (15 April 1909 – 6 August 1970) was a New Zealand politician of the National Party and the twenty-seventh Minister of Finance, from November 1954 to 12 December 1957, when he retired.

Political career[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1943–1946 27th Riccarton National
1946–1949 28th St Albans National
1949–1951 29th St Albans National
1951–1954 30th St Albans National
1954–1957 31st St Albans National
1957–1960 32nd Fendalton National

He was the Member of Parliament for Riccarton 1943–46, then St Albans 1946–57, then Fendalton 1957–60. He was Minister of Health and Minister of Social Security in the Holland Ministry (1949–54), then Minister of Finance and Minister in Charge of the Census and Statistics Department in the next Holland Ministry (1954–57) and in the first Holyoake Ministry of 1957 (plus Minister in Charge of the Inland Revenue Department).

Watts retired at the 1960 election due to poor health.[2]


  • Gustafson, Barry (1986). The First 50 Years : A History of the New Zealand National Party. Auckland: Reed Methuen. ISBN 0-474-00177-6. 
  • Gustafson, Barry (2007). Kiwi Keith: a biography of Keith Holyoake. Auckland: Auckland University Press. ISBN 978-1-86940-400-0. 
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Mabel Howard
Minister of Health
Succeeded by
Jack Marshall
Preceded by
Sidney Holland
Minister of Finance
Succeeded by
Arnold Nordmeyer
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Herbert Kyle
Member of Parliament for Riccarton
Succeeded by
Angus McLagan
In abeyance
Title last held by
William Pember Reeves
Member of Parliament for St Albans
Succeeded by
Neville Pickering
Preceded by
Sidney Holland
Member of Parliament for Fendalton
Succeeded by
Harry Lake