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Jim Edwards (New Zealand politician)

James Gladstone Edwards QSM JP (1927 – 5 April 2010) was a member of parliament for Napier, in the North Island of New Zealand.

Member of ParliamentEdit

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1954–1957 31st Napier Labour
1957–1960 32nd Napier Labour
1960–1963 33rd Napier Labour
1963–1966 34th Napier Labour

Edwards was the MP for Napier for 12 years from 1954 to 1966.[1] In 1966 he resigned from the Labour Party.[2] Edwards was concerned with the increasing union domination of the party.[3] He was awarded the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal, and the Queen's Service Medal for public services in the 1994 Queen's Birthday Honours.[4]

In 1977 he unsuccessfully stood for the Wellington City Council on a Labour Party ticket.[5][6]

Edwards married Alison Nordmeyer, the daughter of Sir Arnold Nordmeyer. A former resident of Island Bay, Wellington and Raumati, he died at his home in Mandurah, Western Australia after a period of illness.[7]


  1. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 194.
  2. ^ Logan 2008, p. 425.
  3. ^ Logan 2008, pp. 122 & 222.
  4. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 53697, 10 June 1994. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  5. ^ Smyth, Alan J. (25 October 1977). Declaration of Election Results (Report). Wellington City Council.
  6. ^ "Wellington". Evening Post. 10 October 1977.
  7. ^ Death notice in Dominion Post 8 April 2010 page C11 (no date of death given)


  • Nordy, Arnold Nordmeyer: A Political Biography by Mary Logan (2008, Steele Roberts, Wellington)
  • 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

  • Parliament and Conscience: 1950-1972 by S.P. Cottrell (1974, MA Thesis-University of Canterbury, Christchurch)
  • The Expulsion of John A. Lee and its Effects on the Development of the NZ Labour Party by B.S. Taylor (1970, MA Thesis-University of Canterbury, Christchurch)
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Peter Tait
Member of Parliament for Napier
Succeeded by
Gordon Christie