Edward Gale Latter MBE ED (29 February 1928 – 29 August 2016) was a New Zealand politician of the National Party.


New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1975–1978 38th Marlborough National

Latter was born in 1928 at Waiau. His parents were Edward Circuit Le Clere Latter and Moana Latter (née Gale).[1] He received his education from Hapuku Primary, Kaikoura District High School, and Christ's College.[2] He married Anne Morton Ollivier, a daughter of Arthur Ollivier, in 1952.[1]

He represented the Marlborough electorate from 1975.[3] He retired at the next general election in 1978 due to ill-health.[2]

He is the author of Marching onward: a history of the 2nd Battalion (Canterbury, Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast) Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, 1845-1992. [Christchurch] : The Battalion, 1992. ISBN 0-473-01567-6 about the Nelson Battalion of Militia. In the 1964 New Year Honours, he was appointed a Member of the Military Division of the Order of the British Empire.[4]

Latter died on 29 August 2016.[5]


  1. ^ a b Scholefield, Guy; Max Lambert (1991). Who's who in New Zealand. Reed. p. 355.
  2. ^ a b Gustafson 1986, p. 326.
  3. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 212.
  4. ^ "No. 43202". The London Gazette (3rd supplement). 1 January 1964. p. 40.
  5. ^ "Edward Latter death notice". Marlborough Express. 5 September 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2016.


  • 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 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Ian James Brooks
Member of Parliament for Marlborough
Succeeded by
Doug Kidd