TEU congratulates former member Dame Cindy Kiro (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Hine) following the announcement of her appointment as Aotearoa’s 22nd Governor-General, the first wahine Māori to hold this position, third Māori, and forth wāhine.
Dame Cindy’s appointment comes following a long career as an academic and leader in the tertiary education sector. Dame Cindy began her career in academia as a senior lecturer of social policy at Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa | Massey University, before working as an associate professor in the School of Public Health. In 2013 she took a position as head of Te Kura Māori in the School of Education at Te Herenga Waka | Victoria University of Wellington, and later went on to serve as the Pro Vice-Chancellor Māori at Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau | University of Auckland.
In 2001 Dame Cindy was awarded her doctorate from Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa for a thesis entitled Kimihia Hauora Māori - Māori Health Policy and Practice, and later gained an Executive Master of Business Administration from Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau.
TEU Kaumātua, Matua Hōne Sadler, welcomes news of Dame Cindy’s historic appointment as our next Governor-General, and as the first wahine Māori to hold this position, saying,
‘Tēnā rā koe Kahurangi Cindy, I am harikoa that you have been bestowed with this prestigious distinction. It displays the maturity of Aotearoa by appointing a wahine Māori, a wahine toa to this esteemed position. You have been chosen to fulfil this role for all peoples of Aotearoa. E te whanaunga, e te wahine ngākau ngohengohe, nāu rā te whiwhi, ko Ngāpuhi te waimārie, ko tō iwi Māori te hōnore, ā, ko te iwi whānui o Aotearoa te āhei.’