POWLES, Sir Guy Richardson, K.B.E., C.M.G., E.D.
A new biography of Powles, Guy Richardson appears in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography on this site.
Guy Richardson Powles was born at Te Horo on 5 April 1905, son of Colonel C. G. Powles. He was educated at Wellington College and Victoria University College, graduating LL.B. in 1928.
From 1927 to 1940 he practised as a barrister and solicitor in Wellington, but during the Second World War he held several Army posts, including Director of Staff of the Staff College; he was also with the artillery unit of 3 Division in the Pacific. From 1946 to 1948 he was Counsellor at the New Zealand Embassy in Washington, after which he held the position of High Commissioner of Western Samoa from 1949 to 1960. In the latter year he became High Commissioner for New Zealand in India. In 1962 he was appointed Ombudsman, a newly formed office of Government. Always a student of world affairs, he was secretary from 1931 to 1940, and president in 1945, of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. In 1938 he published Contemporary New Zealand. He was knighted in 1961.