Cindy Kiro

New Zealand Governor-General, former academic and social justice advocate

Kahurangi (Dame) Alcyion Cynthia Kiro GNZM QSO (born 1958) is a New Zealand public health academic, administrator, and activist. She is 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.[2]

Kahurangi (Dame) Cindy Kiro

Cindy Kiro official portrait October 2021 (cropped).jpg
Kiro in 2021
22nd Governor-General of New Zealand
Assumed office
21 October 2021
MonarchElizabeth II
Charles III
Prime MinisterJacinda Ardern
Chris Hipkins
Preceded byDame Patsy Reddy
Personal details
Alcyion Cynthia Kiro

1958 (age 64–65)[1]
Whangārei, New Zealand
Alma materUniversity of Auckland
Massey University
European University Institute
Scientific career
FieldsPublic health
ThesisKimihia Hauora Māori = Māori Health Policy and Practice (2001)
Academic advisorsMichael Belgrave
Chris Cunningham


  1. Small, Zane (24 May 2021). "Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces Dame Cindy Kiro as next Governor-General". Newshub.
  2. "Dame Cindy Kiro: New Zealand's first Māori woman to be governor-general, on her 'very poor' upbringing and life of service". New Zealand Herald. 24 May 2021. Retrieved 2021-05-24.

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