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Interview with Chris Laidlaw: Commonwealth Oral History Project

Citation: Onslow, Sue and Laidlaw, Chris and Craggs, Ruth Interview with Chris Laidlaw: Commonwealth Oral History Project. [Transcribed text] (Unpublished)


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Interview with Chris Laidlaw carried out in Wellington on 3rd April 2014 as part of the Commonwealth Oral History Project. The project aims to produce a unique digital research resource on the oral history of the Commonwealth since 1965 through sixty oral history interviews with leading figures in the recent history of the organisation. It will provide an essential research tool for anyone investigating the history of the Commonwealth and will serve to promote interest in and understanding of the organisation. Biography: Laidlaw, Chris. 1943- . New Zealand rugby union player, 1962-1972; New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1972-195; International Energy Authority, 1975-1977; Assistant Commonwealth Secretary General, 1978-1986; New Zealand High Commissioner to Zimbabwe, 1986-1989. Member of Parliament, 1992-1993. Radio presenter, 2000-2013; Councillor of the Wellington Regional Council, 2007-.

Creators: Onslow, Sue (0000-0003-0998-3632) and Laidlaw, Chris and Craggs, Ruth and
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Subjects: Human Rights & Development Studies
Keywords: apartheid, Australia, Canada, CHOGM, Civil Society, Commonwealth Secretariat, Constitutional Change, Decolonisation, Development, Diplomacy, elections, Fiji, good governance, Grenada, Guyana, New Zealand, Nuclear, Queen, Race, Small States, South Africa, Sport, Technical Assistance, Uganda, United Kingdom, United Nations, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Divisions: Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Collections: Commonwealth Oral History Project


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