Story: Ombudsmen and officers of Parliament

Swearing-in of Sir Guy Powles

Sir Guy Powles (left) was photographed at his swearing-in as ombudsman in 1962 with Leader of the Opposition Walter Nash, Minister of Justice Ralph Hanan and another guest. The presence of both National and Labour party politicians emphasised the bipartisan support for the office when it was first established.

Listen to Sir Guy Powles describe the approach he took when he first became ombudsman, in this 1979 radio interview with Michael King.

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David McGee, 'Ombudsmen and officers of Parliament - Ombudsmen – history', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/speech/33094/swearing-in-of-sir-guy-powles (accessed 7 December 2019)

Story by David McGee, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 20 Jan 2017