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The Governor-General

Her Excellency The Rt Hon Dame Cindy Kiro was sworn in as the 22nd Governor-General of New Zealand on 21 September 2021. Follow her blog and read her speeches.

The Rt Hon Dame Cindy Kiro and Dr Richard Davies
The Rt Hon Dame Cindy Kiro and Dr Richard Davies

In May 2021, Queen Elizabeth II approved the appointment of Dame Cindy Kiro as the next Governor-General of New Zealand, for a five-year term starting on 21 October 2021.

Before being sworn-in as Governor-General, Dame Cindy had a distinguished career in the tertiary education sector, with a particular focus on public health. She is of Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Kahu and British descent.

Dame Cindy is married to Dr Richard Davies, a General Practitioner who most recently worked with Auckland City Mission’s Calder Centre.

Click here to read Dame Cindy's strategic priorities.

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