Michael Powles

Former Commissioner

 Michael PowlesMichael Powles was Ambassador and Permanent Representative of New Zealand to the United Nations from 1996 to 2000. His previous experience in international relations is extensive, having served as New Zealand’s Ambassador to China and Indonesia, and as High Commissioner to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu, while resident in Suva. He is also a former Deputy Secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade with responsibility for the South Pacific, North Asia, the United Nations, the Middle East and Africa. Mr Powles holds a Masters of Law from Victoria University. Commissioner Michael Powles resigned from his position on 30 November 2005 to accompany his wife to Shanghai where she has taken up the post of New Zealand Consul-General.

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