Lester Castle

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Lester Castle
3rd New Zealand Chief Ombudsman
In office
Preceded by Sir George Laking
Succeeded by John Robertson
Personal details
Born 13 July 1921
Died 26 November 1986

Lester John Castle, CMG (13 July 1921 – 26 November 1986), was the Chief Ombudsman of New Zealand from 1984 to 1986. In this role, he was responsible for investigating complaints against central and local government agencies, including Ministers of the Crown.[1]

Castle was born in Wellington in 1921.[2] He was the son of Sydney Castle, also a lawyer,[3] and attended Christ's College, Christchurch and Victoria University College, graduating LLB in 1947.[2] He became a Wellington solicitor, Council member and President of both Wellington Law Society and the New Zealand Law Society. He was appointed an ombudsman in 1977, and Chief Ombudsman in 1984, holding this position until his death in 1986.[1]

Castle was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in the 1977 Queen's Birthday Honours.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Past Ombudsmen". Office of the Ombudsmen. Retrieved 2010-12-14. 
  2. ^ a b Lester John Castle CMG, 1921 – 1986. my.lawsociety.org.nz. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Keeping a Family Tradition" (PDF). The Lampstand. September 2007. Retrieved 2010-12-14. 
  4. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 47237, 10 June 1977. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir George Laking
New Zealand Chief Ombudsman
Succeeded by
John Robertson