William "Bryce" Harland QSO
, (1931-1 February 2006), distinguished New Zealand diplomat and academic, who served as New Zealand's first Ambassador to China, Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, and High Commissioner to London.
Harland was born in Wellington
in 1931, and attended Victoria University of Wellington
, where he received an MA (First Class) in History under the guidance of New Zealand historian J.C. Beaglehole
in 1955, and at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
in Boston, where he received an AM
Harland was a highly-regarded strategic thinker, who rose quickly through the ranks in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 1973, Harland was appointed New Zealand's first Ambassador to China, where he was responsible for opening up diplomatic relations with that country. Harland has written of the period that until then, New Zealand's best-known connection with China was Rewi Alley
. Harland worked alongside other Western diplomats, including then-US representative in Peking, George H.W. Bush
, who described Harland as very pushy to extract as much information as the United States had on China at that time, despite liking him personally.
In 1976, Harland returned to New Zealand as Assistant Secretary of Foreign Affairs, before taking up the post of Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York in 1982. In 1985, Harland became New Zealand's first professional diplomat to take up the post of High Commissioner to London, which he... Read More