Les Gandar

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Leslie Walter (Les) Gandar (26 January 1919 – 16 December 1994) was a New Zealand politician of the National Party.


Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1966–1969 35th Manawatu National
1969–1972 36th Manawatu National
1972–1975 37th Ruahine National
1975–1978 38th Ruahine National

Gandar was born in 1919. He received his education from Kelburn Normal, Wellington College, and Victoria University, from where he graduated with a BSc.[1]

He represented the Manawatu electorate from 1966 to 1972, then Ruahine from 1972 to 1978.[2] He was defeated in 1978 for the new Rangitikei electorate by Bruce Beetham.[3] Beetham had won the electorate in the Rangitikei by-election, held earlier in the year on 18 February 1978 after the death of Sir Roy Jack.[4] National planned that Gandar would take over the new electorate at the November general election, and stood an interim candidate, local Jim Bull, in the by-election. But, to general surprise, Beetham won the by-election for Social Credit.

Gandar was a cabinet minister in the Second National Government of New Zealand holding the Education portfolio (1975–1978),[5] and from 1979 to 1982 was the New Zealand High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.


  1. ^ Gustafson 1986, p. 312.
  2. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 198.
  3. ^ Wilson 1985, pp. 183, 198.
  4. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 183.
  5. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 95.


  • 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
Blair Tennent
Member of Parliament for Manawatu
Succeeded by
Allan McCready
New constituency Member of Parliament for Ruahine
Constituency abolished
Political offices
Preceded by
Phil Amos
Minister of Education
Succeeded by
Merv Wellington