Roy Jack

Sir Roy Emile Jack (12 January 1914 – 24 December 1977) was a New Zealand politician of the National Party. He was a cabinet minister and Speaker of the House of Representatives.


Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
19541957 31st Patea National
19571960 32nd Patea National
19601963 33rd Patea National
19631966 34th Waimarino National
19661969 35th Waimarino National
19691972 36th Waimarino National
19721975 37th Rangitikei National
19751977 38th Rangitikei National

Jack was born in New Plymouth in 1914. He was educated at Wanganui Collegiate School and graduated from the Victoria University with an LLB. During the war, he served with the Royal New Zealand Air Force.[1] He was first elected onto Wanganui City Council in 1946 and was deputy mayor in the following year. He served on the city council until 1955.[2]

He represented the electorate of Patea from 1954 to 1963, then Waimarino from 1963 to 1972, then Rangitikei from 1972 to 1977 when he died.[3]

The Rangitikei electorate was to become Waimarino because of post-census boundary changes in the 1972 election, and though a sitting MP he was challenged by Ruth Richardson (who he had advised about a career in politics). George Chapman who chaired the selection said that The tensions were tremendous, but Roy was finally confirmed as the candidate. [4] He had an election-night majority of 2067 in 1972, down from Shelton's 1969 majority of 4214).[5]

In the 1972 Marshall Ministry of the last year of the Second National Government, he was Attorney-General and Minister of Justice.[6] He was Chairman of Committees between 1961 and 1966.[7] He was Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1967 to 1972 and 1976 to 1977.[8]

He was knighted in the 1970 Birthday Honours.[9] He died in 1977 on Christmas Eve in his office at parliament.[2]


  1. Gustafson 1986, p. 323.
  2. 1 2 "Biographies of Former and Current Speakers of the New Zealand House of Representative". New Zealand Parliament. p. 7. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  3. Wilson 1985, p. 207.
  4. Chapman, George (1980). The Years of Lightning. Wellington: AH & AW Reed. p. 54. ISBN 0-589-01346-7.
  5. The Dominion (Wellington newspaper), date=27 November 1972
  6. Wilson 1985, p. 91.
  7. Wilson 1985, p. 252.
  8. Wilson 1985, p. 251.
  9. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 45119. p. 6405. 13 June 1970. Retrieved 31 August 2015.


Political offices
Preceded by
Reginald Keeling
Chairman of Committees of the House of Representatives
Succeeded by
John Hannibal George
Preceded by
Ronald Algie
Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Alfred Allen
Preceded by
Stanley Whitehead
Succeeded by
Richard Harrison
Preceded by
Dan Riddiford
Minister of Justice
Succeeded by
Martyn Finlay
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
William Sheat
Member of Parliament for Patea
Constituency abolished
In abeyance
Title last held by
Paddy Kearins
Member of Parliament for Waimarino
Preceded by
Norman Shelton
Member of Parliament for Rangitikei
Succeeded by
Bruce Beetham
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