Dame Alcyion Cynthia Kiro GNZM QSO DStJ (/kɪəˈroʊ/; née Simpson; born 2 July 1958) 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
|22nd Governor-General of New Zealand|
|Assumed office |
21 October 2021
|Preceded by||Dame Patsy Reddy|
|Children's Commissioner of New Zealand|
1 September 2003 – 1 September 2008
|Appointed by||Steve Maharey|
|Preceded by||Roger McClay|
|Succeeded by||John Angus|
Alcyion Cynthia Simpson
2 July 1958
Whangārei, New Zealand
|Children||2 children, 2 stepchildren|
|Residence||Government House, Wellington|
|Thesis||Kimihia Hauora Māori = Māori Health Policy and Practice (2001)|
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.