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Encyclopedia > George Laking

Sir George Robert Laking, KCMG, (b. 15 October 1912). Distinguished New Zealand diplomat who served as New Zealand's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Ambassador to the United States, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, and Chief Ombudsman. On the Orders insignia, St Michael is often depicted subduing Satan. ... October 15 is the 288th day of the year (289th in leap years). ... 1912 (MCMXII) was a leap year starting on Monday in the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday in the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... New Zealands Chief Ombudsman is appointed by the Governor-General of New Zealand to oversee investigation of complaints against government departments, and report, with recommendations, to parliament. ...

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Early life

Laking was born in Auckland, and educated at Auckland Grammar School, before completing his LLB at Victoria University of Wellington. He started working in the New Zealand Customs Department in 1929, before moving to the Prime Minister's Department in the fledgling Foreign Ministry. In 1940, Laking became head of the Organisation for Natioal Security, managing the War Cabinet Secretariat, a post he held until 1948. Auckland Grammar School (formerly, The Auckland College and Grammar School; commonly AGS), is a state secondary school in Auckland, New Zealand, colloquially known as Grammar to Aucklanders. ... Victoria Universitys Kelburn Campus. ...


Early Postings

In 1949, Laking was appointed Minister to the New Zealand Embassy in Washington, serving as deputy to Ambassador Carl Berendsen, for seven years. During this time, Laking was frequently the main point of contact between New Zealand and the US administration, owing to Berendsen's substantial involvement in the establishment of the United Nations as Ambassador to that organisation. The United Nations (UN) is an international organization whose stated aims are to facilitate co-operation in international law, international security, economic development, and social equity. ...


Laking returned to Wellington in 1956, following the death of deputy secretary Foss Shanahan, to act as Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs under Alister McIntosh. Laking was High Commissioner to London from 1958-1961. Sir Alister Donald Miles McIntosh, KCMG (29 November 1906-30 November 1978), New Zealand diplomat. ...


Ambassador to Washington

Laking was based in Washington as Ambassador to the United States from 1961-1967. This was considered to be the most important of New Zealand's foreign postings, due to the prominence of the United States, and the shift of allegiance away from the United Kingdom towards the US. During this time, the key themes were the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and under President Johnson, the tumultuous years of escalation of US involvement in Vietnam. Laking supported New Zealand involvement in Vietnam, and was under pressure from the US Government for New Zealand to send combat troops to the conflict. McIntosh was less supportive of the idea, but Defence Chiefs in Wellington, with the notable exception of Defence Secretary Jack Hunn, and politicians unwilling to offend US interests, supported the move. JFK redirects here. ... President Johnson can refer to two different people who were President of the United States: Andrew Johnson Lyndon B. Johnson This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


In 1967, Laking returned to Wellington to take up the post of Secretary of Foreign Affairs, and head of the Prime Minister's Department, succeeding McIntosh, until his retirement in 1971. On his retirement, he was made a CMG. CMG can mean: Color Marketing Group, commonly referred to as CMG CMG (company), a telecommunications and IT consultancy company Chipotle Mexican Grill, a Mexican chain of restaurants specializing in gourmet burritos and tacos Collectible miniatures game, a genre of table-top games related to collectible card games (CCGs) Companion of...


Chief Ombudsman

Laking was appointed an Ombudsman in 1975, working under Sir Guy Powles. In 1977, Laking succeeded Powles as Chief Ombudsman, holding that post until 1984. He was knighted that year. New Zealands Chief Ombudsman is appointed by the Governor-General of New Zealand to oversee investigation of complaints against government departments, and report, with recommendations, to parliament. ...


See Also

  • NOTABLE NEW ZEALANDERS. The Pictorial Who's Who. Auckland: Paul Hamlyn Ltd, 1979
  • Representative, A Profile of George Laking by Denis Welch

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