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William Ball Sutch (27 June 1907 - 28 September 1975) was a New Zealand writer and civil servant. He gained public recognition when he was accused of trying to pass government secrets to the Soviet Union. He was acquitted. June 27 is the 178th day of the year (179th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 187 days remaining. ... 1907 (MCMVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... September 28 is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... The term writer can apply to anyone who creates a written work, but the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...


Sutch was born in Southport, England, but his family moved to New Zealand when he was only eight months old. He grew up in the Methodist faith, which was to have a strong influence on him throughout his life. He went to the Wellington College of Education, and Victoria University of Wellington, gaining a MA and BCA. He then taught at Nelson College and Wanganui Technical College for a time before travelling overseas. He returned to New Zealand during the Great Depression, which had a considerable impact on his personal philosophy. For other uses, see Southport (disambiguation). ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq... Methodism or the Methodist movement is a group of historically related denominations of Protestant Christianity. ... The Faculty of Education of Victoria University of Wellington was formed from the former School of Education (of the Faculty of Humanities of Social Sciences) of the University, and the former Wellington College of Education on 1 January 2005. ... Victoria Universitys Kelburn Campus. ... A masters degree is an academic degree usually awarded for completion of a postgraduate (or graduate) course of one to three years in duration. ... A Bachelor of Commerce is an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a curriculum that generally lasts three years in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom or four years in North America and South Africa. ... Wikinews has news related to: New Zealand boarding school closed due to gastro-enteritis outbreak Nelson College is a boys-only state secondary school in Nelson, New Zealand. ... The Great Depression redirects here. ...


Politically, Sutch was generally on the left. He was involved in a number of left-leaning organisations and associations, and helped edit and publish literature connected with them. In 1939, he was involved in the publication of Psycho-pathology in politics, written by Labour Party dissident John A. Lee as an attack on the party's leader, Michael Joseph Savage. He himself authored two books: Poverty and progress in New Zealand and The quest for security in New Zealand. In politics, left-wing, political left, leftism, or simply the left, are terms that refer (with no particular precision) to the segment of the political spectrum typically associated with any of several strains of socialism, social democracy, or liberalism (especially but not exclusively in the American sense of the word... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... John Alfred Alexander Lee (31 October 1891 - 13 June 1982) was a New Zealand politician and writer. ... Michael Joseph Savage (March 23, 1872 - March 27, 1940) was a New Zealand politician and the first Labour Prime Minister of New Zealand. ...


In 1933, Sutch took up a position in the office of Gordon Coates, who was Minister of Finance. When the government changed, he continued on in the office of Coates's replacement, Walter Nash of the Labour Party. He had considerable input into economic policy at the time. Eventually, Sutch's political activities were deemed incompatible with his official role, and he was transferred out of the economic sphere. In World War II, he left the civil service to join the army, becoming an instructor. At the end of the war, he took up a position with the new United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, working in Sydney. As a result of this work, he was selected to head the New Zealand delegation to the United Nations, where he held a positions with the Economic and Social Commission and UNICEF. 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... This article is about the New Zealand prime minister. ... The Minister of Finance is a senior figure within the government of New Zealand. ... Walter Nash (12 February 1882 - 4 June 1968) served as Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1957 to 1960, and was also highly influential in his role as Minister of Finance. ... The New Zealand Labour Party is a New Zealand political party. ... This article is becoming very long. ... The United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) was founded in 1943 to provide relief to areas liberated from Axis powers. ... Sydney (pronounced ) is the most populous city in Australia with a metropolitan area population of over 4. ... The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations assists the General Assembly in promoting international economic and social cooperation and development. ... The United Nations Childrens Fund or UNICEF was established by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 1946. ...


Upon returning to New Zealand in 1951, Sutch worked for the Department of Industries and Commerce, eventually rising to be its secretary. In this role, Sutch advocated price controls, economic protectionism, and the emphasis of industrial capacity rather than agriculture. He left the role in 1965, and eventually became a consultant. He published several more books, and became active in the arts and architectural communities. 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... In economics, incomes policies are wage and price controls used to fight inflation. ... Protectionism is the economic policy of restraining trade between nations, through methods such as high tariffs on imported goods, restrictive quotas, a variety of restrictive government regulations designed to discourage imports, and anti-dumping laws in an attempt to protect domestic industries in a particular nation from foreign take-over... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ...


In September 1974, Sutch was charged under the Official Secrets Act in relation to a meeting he had with an official of the Soviet Union's embassy in Wellington. It was claimed by the Security Intelligence Service that Sutch had obtained official government information for the purpose of giving it to the Soviets, but Sutch was acquitted of the charges in February the following year. Claims that he was a member of the Communist Party were not substantiated. 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... The New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS or SIS) is an intelligence agency of the New Zealand government. ... The Communist Party of New Zealand was a Communist political party operating in New Zealand. ...


Sutch died the same year he was acquitted, having begun to suffer ill health at about the same time as he was arrested. Debate over his guilt or innocence continued long after his death. A book published in 2006 by the SIS officer who had first observed Sutch reasserted the claim that he was guilty. 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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External link

  • Sutch's entry in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography

 
 

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