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Encyclopedia > Guy Powles

Sir Guy Richardson Powles, ONZ, KBE, ED, (b. Otaki 1905, died 24 October 1994). New Zealand diplomat, last Governor of Western Samoa and architect of Samoan independence, and first Ombudsman. Badge of the Order of New Zealand The Order of New Zealand is the highest locally awarded honour in the New Zealand Honours System. ... The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander... Ed, ed or ED can mean any of the following: // ed (text editor), a UNIX text editor ed (biblical reference), an altar or related place in some English translations of the Bible. ... 1905 (MCMV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar). ... is the 297th day of the year (298th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... The Independent State of Samoa (conventional long form) or Samoa (conventional short form) is a country comprising a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean. ...

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Early life

Powles was born in Otaki, north of Wellington, in 1905. Powles was the son of Lieutenant-Colonel C. Guy Powles, a decorated military soldier who served with distinction during World War I, and later became Chief of General Staff of the New Zealand Army. Powles earned his LLB from Victoria University of Wellington, and practised as a barrister in Wellington from 1929-1940. During the War, Powles went on active military service, and achieved the rank of colonel, commanding the New Zealand artillery regiment in the South Pacific at Guadalcanal and New Caledonia. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Wellington Region. ... In the military systems of many countries, the Chief of the General Staff (CGS) is the professional head of that countrys General Staff. ... Victoria Universitys Kelburn Campus. ... Guadalcanal, position (inset) and main towns Guadalcanal is a 2,510 square mile (6 500 km²) island in the Pacific Ocean and a province of the Solomon Islands. ...


Powles was a founding member of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs in 1934, along with Alister McIntosh, John Cawte Beaglehole, and William Sutch. Sir Alister Donald Miles McIntosh, KCMG (29 November 1906-30 November 1978), New Zealand diplomat. ... Professor John Cawte Beaglehole OM CMG (June 13, 1901–October 10, 1971) was born in Wellington, New Zealand. ... William Ball Sutch (27 June 1907 - 28 September 1975) was a New Zealand writer and civil servant. ...


Diplomatic career

Powles joined the fledgling Department of External Affairs in 1945, working alongside such notable figures as Alister McIntosh, George Laking, and later Frank Corner and Merwyn Norrish. His first assignment was in Washington, where he served as Counsellor working on the Far Eastern Commission, established to work through the issues relating to Japan's surrender during World War II. Sir Alister Donald Miles McIntosh, KCMG (29 November 1906-30 November 1978), New Zealand diplomat. ... Sir George Robert Laking, KCMG, (b. ... Frank Corner CMG FRSA (b. ... Merwyn Norrish (Merv) (b. ... Official language(s) English Capital Olympia Largest city Seattle Area  Ranked 18th  - Total 71,342 sq mi (184,827 km²)  - Width 240 miles (385 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 6. ... It was agreed at the Moscow Conference of Foreign Ministers, and made public in communique issued at the end of the conference on December 27, 1945 that the Far Eastern Advisory Commission (FEAC) would become the Far Eastern Commission (FEC), it would be based in Washington, and would oversee the...


In 1949, Powles became New Zealand High Commissioner to Samoa: in this role he was set to become the last New Zealand governor of that territory. Over the next ten years, Powles worked through the issues relating to Samoa's independence from New Zealand. 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ...


In 1960, Powles became New Zealand High Commissioner to India, which he served until 1962.


Powles was involved in a large number of international conferences, including the UN United Nations Trusteeship Council, the South Pacific Commission, the Conference on Japanese Peace Treaty, the {International Whaling Conference]], the Economic Commission Conference, and the Colombo Plan Conference. The United Nations Trusteeship Council, one of the principal organs of the United Nations, was established to help ensure that non-self-governing territories were administered in the best interests of the inhabitants and of international peace and security. ... SPC is a TLA that may stand for: St. ...


Ombudsman

Powles was knighted in 1961, and was made New Zealand's first Ombudsman in 1962. He served in this role until 1977, by which time he had been joined by another Ombudsman, and acted as Chief Ombudsman. Powles also acted as New Zealand's first Race Relations Conciliator. On the international stage, Powles did a substantial amount of work in promoting the office of the ombudsman. An ombudsman (English plural: ombudsmans or ombudsmen) is an official, usually (but not always) appointed by the government or by parliament, who is charged with representing the interests of the public by investigating and addressing complaints reported by individual citizens. ...


Other Information

Powles' son is diplomat Michael Powles, a former New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji, and former Ambassador to Indonesia, China, and the United Nations. His grandson is Timothy Powles, producer, engineer and drummer for Australian band The Church. Tim Powles is the drummer with the Australian formed band The Church. ... The Church are an Australian rock band formed in Sydney in 1980. ...


Awards

On the Orders insignia, St Michael is often depicted subduing Satan. ... The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander... Badge of the Order of New Zealand The Order of New Zealand is the highest honour in New Zealands honours system. ... Doctor of Laws (Latin: Legum Doctor, LL.D) is a doctorate-level academic degree in law. ... Victoria Universitys Kelburn Campus. ...

References

  • http://www.dnzb.govt.nz/dnzb/default.asp?Find_Quick.asp?PersonEssay=5P37

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POWLES, Sir Guy Richardson, K.B.E., C.M.G., E.D. - 1966 Encyclopaedia of New Zealand (299 words)
POWLES, Sir Guy Richardson, K.B.E., C.M.G., E.D. Ombudsman.
Guy Richardson Powles was born at Te Horo on 5 April 1905, son of Colonel C. Powles.
POWLES, Sir Guy Richardson, K.B.E., C.M.G., E.D. Warning
DNZB / BIOGRAPHY (1823 words)
Guy Richardson Powles was born at Otaki, Horowhenua, on 5 April 1905, the son of Jessie Mary Richardson and her husband, Charles Guy Powles, a sawmiller.
In this capacity Powles visited Japan in January 1946, where he was profoundly affected by the devastation caused by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and incendiary bombing of Tokyo.
Powles maintained his membership of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs and was its president in 1945 and again from 1967 to 1971.
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