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Sir Douglas Julian Carter KCMG (5 August 1908 – 7 November 1988) was a New Zealand politician of the National Party.



New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1957–1960 32nd Raglan National
1960–1963 33rd Raglan National
1963–1966 34th Raglan National
1966–1969 35th Raglan National
1969–1972 36th Raglan National
1972–1975 37th Raglan National

Carter was born at Foxton in 1908, the son of Walter S. Carter.[1] He received his education from Palmerston North and Waitaki Boys' High Schools. Afterwards, he was a farmer and active in various farming organisations.[2] He was chairman of the New Zealand Pig Producers council, and was with the New Zealand Sharemilkers Employers Association, the Waikato Province Dairy Section of Federated Farmers, and was on the Waikato Primary Producers council.[1]

He represented the Raglan electorate from 1957 to 1975, when he retired.[3] He was Minister of Agriculture under Keith Holyoake (1969–1972)[4] and then John Marshall (1972), followed by Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries (New Zealand) (1972).[5] He was Postmaster-General from 1969 to 1972.[6] He retired from Parliament in 1975 and was succeeded by Marilyn Waring.[7]

From 1976 to 1979 he was the High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.[2]

In the 1977 Silver Jubilee and Queen's Birthday Honours, Carter was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George, for public services.[8]

Last years and deathEdit

The Carters lived in Taupiri.[1] Douglas Carter died on 7 November 1988, aged 80.[6]


  1. ^ a b c Traue 1978, p. 79.
  2. ^ a b Gustafson 1986, p. 303.
  3. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 188.
  4. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 90.
  5. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 91.
  6. ^ a b Obituary Hon. Sir Douglas Carter; A.W. Begg. New Zealand Hansard; retrieved 11 February 2013.
  7. ^ Wilson 1985, pp. 188, 244.
  8. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 49584, 30 December 1983; retrieved 10 February 2013.


  • Gustafson, Barry (1986). The First 50 Years : A History of the New Zealand National Party. Auckland: Reed Methuen. ISBN 0-474-00177-6.
  • Traue, James Edward, ed. (1978). Who's Who in New Zealand (11th ed.). Wellington: Reed.
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand parliamentary record, 1840–1984 (4 ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.

Further readingEdit

New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Hallyburton Johnstone
Member of Parliament for Raglan
Succeeded by
Marilyn Waring
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Hugh Watt
High Commissioner of New Zealand to the United Kingdom
Succeeded by
Les Gandar