Born and raised in Oamaru, Nigel first attended Otago University, where he completed an MSc in Marine Science. He then moved to Auckland where he trained as a Clinical Psychologist and graduated with a Master of Philosophy with 1st class honors in Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology.
Nigel has worked for the last two decades in a number of agencies including Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation, Sex Offender Treatment Programmes, Family Therapy agencies, Child Youth and Family, Probation Services, and extensively in private practice.
His clinical psychology experience also includes working in private practice, consulting with organisations and agencies from throughout the country, and lecturing on a number of senior courses at the New Zealand Police College.
He has written a novel and seven non-fiction books which are now published in nineteen countries and ten languages. He presented the critically acclaimed television series “Beyond the Darklands”, which was based on his work as a forensic psychologist. “Beyond the Darklands” ran for five seasons in New Zealand. It has screened in Australia, Sweden, Spain and recently in several Latin American countries. He presented the top rating “Politically Incorrect Guide to…” Series which has run for three seasons in New Zealand, and in 2010 presented the same series for Channel Nine in Australia. In addition to this Nigel has also presented documentaries on how to help children cope after the Christchurch earthquake, and how parents can help teenage drivers stay safe on the road.
Nigel’s recent projects include a six part popular science primetime series titled “Nigel Latta Blows Stuff Up”, which screened in 2015 on TVNZ. Also a documentary series which screened on TVNZ in 2014 and investigated some of the important issues within our society including, alcohol, education, sugar/obesity, poverty and inequality, child abuse, crime and punishment. This was followed up by a second documentary series ‘The Hard Stuff With Nigel Latta’ which screened in 2016 and covered a number of issues including discussing suicide safely, retirement, housing affordability and immigration.
In 2016, Nigel and two of his colleagues who were instrumental in the making of many of these documentary series, started a production company called Ruckus Media. Ruckus Media’s first production ‘Mind Over Money’ screened on TVNZ in February 2017. ‘Mind Over Money’ looks into our behaviour around the decisions we make about money.
In 2012 Nigel was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to Psychology as part of the Diamond Jubilee Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Photo: Jonathan Suckling