Cindy Kiro

Dame Alcyion Cynthia Kiro GNZM QSO DStJ (/kɪəˈr/; née Simpson; born 2 July 1958[2]) is a New Zealand public-health academic, administrator, and advocate, who has served as the 22nd Governor-General of New Zealand since 21 October 2021. Kiro is the first Māori woman, the third person of Māori descent, and the fourth woman to hold the office.

Dame Cindy Kiro
Official portrait, 2021
22nd Governor-General of New Zealand
Assumed office
21 October 2021
Prime Minister
Preceded byDame Patsy Reddy
Children's Commissioner of New Zealand
In office
1 September 2003  1 September 2008
Appointed bySteve Maharey
Preceded byRoger McClay
Succeeded byJohn Angus
Personal details
Alcyion Cynthia Simpson

(1958-07-02) 2 July 1958 (age 64)[1]
Whangārei, New Zealand
Children2 children, 2 stepchildren
ResidenceGovernment House, Wellington
Alma mater
Scientific career
FieldsPublic health
ThesisKimihia Hauora Māori = Māori Health Policy and Practice (2001)
Doctoral advisors
  • Michael Belgrave
  • Chris Cunningham

Before she was announced as governor-general designate, Kiro was Ahorangi chief executive of the Royal Society Te Apārangi and was previously the Children's Commissioner, head of school of the School of Public Health at Massey University, head of Te Kura Māori at Victoria University of Wellington and Pro-Vice Chancellor (Māori) of the University of Auckland.

During her term as governor-general, Kiro responded to the death of Elizabeth II, and has undertaken several overseas visits, including attending the state funeral of Elizabeth II and the Coronation of King Charles III in the United Kingdom.

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