Walter Nash

Prime Minister, 1957–1960.

Gravestone of Walter Nash

Date of birth:  12 February 1882
Date of death:  4 June 1968

Walter Nash immigrated to New Zealand from Worcestershire, England in 1909. Once in Wellington, Walter soon became involved in New Zealand politics, assisting the NZ Labour Party in its 1911 election campaign.

Nash steadily rose through the political ranks. In 1935 he became minister of finance. When Labour returned to power in 1957 Nash was made prime minister.

As prime minister, Nash was embroiled in one of the biggest public protests in New Zealand's history when, in 1959, the New Zealand Rugby Football Union assembled a rugby team to tour South Africa that excluded Māori players.