New Zealand’s next Governor General will be Dame Cindy Kiro, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has revealed.

New Zealand’s next Governor General will be Dame Cindy Kiro, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has revealed.

The Prime Minister made the announcement during his weekly post-Cabinet press conference this afternoon, where she was joined by Kiro.

Kiro was the Children’s Commissioner and has extensive experience working with government. She also has extensive academic experience and was named Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (DNZM) for Child Welfare and Education Services in the 2021 New Year’s list of honors.

Lady Cindy Kiro.
Lady Cindy Kiro.

Kiro will succeed Dame Patsy Reddy, who ends her five-year term in September.

Kiro’s appointment for a five-year term has been approved by the Queen and she will take the post in October.

“I am delighted that Dame Cindy has accepted the role,” said Ardern.

Dame Cindy Kiro, who will become Governor General later in the year and current Governor General, Dame Patsy Reddy.
Dame Cindy Kiro, who will become Governor General later in the year and current Governor General, Dame Patsy Reddy.

“She has a long and distinguished career in academic and managerial positions and has made significant contributions in a number of fields and organizations.”

Kiro is of Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Kahu and Ngāti Hine origin.

“I am proudly Maori and also partly British,” she said, adding that the new role was “a great marriage” of the two.

Kiro said it helped him understand Te Tiriti’s place in New Zealand history.

She said that she was born into a very poor family, so she was aware of the hard work and persistence required to be successful.

Asked what she brings to the role, she replied: “Community and service”.

She will work for those who cannot speak for themselves and do not have a profile.

Kiro said she was “very surprised” when Ardern asked her if she would like the role, and only found out in the last few weeks.

“This is an opportunity to serve our country.”

Kiro said she will work on what the “strategic agenda” will be in this role.

She said she strongly believed in “wisdom”.

Although the past two years have been difficult, she said New Zealand used her wisdom and knowledge to get through this time.

Ardern said Kiro was “an advocate of the people”.

She said she was doing this in several different governments.

Ardern said she spoke to the Queen about the nomination, who said Kiro was “very suitable” for the role.

Kiro said she had not spoken to the Queen about the appointment, but had already met the Queen.

She said she was “adorable”.

Kiro is the first Maori woman to hold this role.

Dame Cindy Kiro and her husband, Dr Richard Davis, leave the press conference.  Photo / Audrey Young
Dame Cindy Kiro and her husband, Dr Richard Davis, leave the press conference. Photo / Audrey Young

Speaking to other Maori women and girls, she said her date meant “you can reach the top.”

Although New Zealand has done a “good job” on race relations, there is still work to be done, Kiro said.

Ardern said when she spoke to the Queen about Kiro’s appointment, they also spoke about Prince Phillip’s passing.

Ardern said she sent her condolences on behalf of New Zealand for her loss.

Ardern said the Queen was “genuinely moved” by New Zealand’s efforts to mark the prince’s death.

The job of the Governor General is to be the Queen’s representative in New Zealand.

The job is to read the Speech from the Throne of any newly elected government – a pre-written statement of the new government’s political intentions over the next three years.

They also sign into force any new laws in New Zealand, giving Royal Assent to any legislation passed by Parliament.

Ardern said a “very long list” of people was in the running to become governor general.

She went through “a number of CVs” before deciding on the candidate.

No one turned down the job, she said.

She said Cabinet was made aware of the decision today and that she informed Opposition Leader Judith Collins of the announcement last week.

Collins did not disagree with the appointment.

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Asked about the situation in Samoa, Ardern said she was monitoring “very closely”.

But in her opinion, she has a lot of “trust and faith” in Samoa’s institutions.

She said that despite the political situation, her advice is that there is a feeling of “calm” on the part of the people.

She said the Cabinet was not considering any sort of sanctions for Samoa.

“We are not in a position to play any intervention role at the moment.

“We called for the rule of law to be respected by all political leaders,” Ardern said.

After a close election, the Faatuatua ile Atua Samoa ua Tasi (Fast) party was due to declare its majority today at the Parliament meeting and announce the first female Prime Minister of Samoa, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa.

However, the head of state, Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aleto’a Sualauvi II, suspended Parliament on Saturday.

The Supreme Court last night declared the action illegal, but President Leaupepe Toleafoa Fa’afisi then announced that the House would not meet until a new proclamation was made by the head of state. .

The doors of Parliament were locked, with the Clerk of the House and the Speaker insisting that there is no sitting today – a decision that directly contravenes the court order.

Police surrounded Parliament today, as the Fast Party and its supporters converged on the building, calling on the police to uphold the law.

Ardern will also likely be asked about the 2021 budget, unveiled last week with a major focus on health, housing and increasing support for benefit recipients.

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Asked about the possibility of a four-year term for the government, Jacinda Ardern said it was something she would discuss with other parties.

But she hasn’t done it yet – “but it will be this year.”

But she said that “certainly won’t” happen until the next election.

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Ardern said she believed New Zealand would become a republic “in my lifetime.”

But she said she didn’t think it would be something that would happen during her political life.

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Source: www.nzherald.co.nz
This notice was published: 2021-05-24 02:30:00

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