A Maori woman takes office as Governor-General of New Zealand for the first time

A Maori woman takes office as Governor-General of New Zealand for the first time

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced, Wednesday, that she will marry her boyfriend Clark Gifford during the southern summer, with whom she became engaged in 2019 and has a daughter who is nearly three years old, although she did not want to reveal the exact date. EFE / EPA / DAVID ROWLAND

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Monday Former Children’s Commissioner Cindy Kiro appointed as Governor-General, the first Maori woman to hold the position.

“I am delighted to accept Ms. Cindy.” “He has a long and distinguished career in leadership and academic positions and has made significant contributions in various fields and organizations,” Ardern said in a statement.

Kiro, Who will replace Patsy Reddy in October, For the next five years, she will serve as Governor-General of New Zealand, and represent Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State in the Peripheral State.

Cindy Kiro, the first Maori woman to hold the office of Governor-General of New Zealand (Gettyimages)
Cindy Kiro, the first Maori woman to hold the office of Governor-General of New Zealand (Gettyimages)

Former Maori Vice President of the University of Auckland, she is currently the Executive Director of the Royal Society – Te Aparangi, which promotes research and academic activity in science, technology, the humanities and various other functions in society and volunteer organizations.

In November, after winning his second term in the polls, Ardern appointed five Maori ministers and three heads of the LGTB + community to promote diversity in his government.

In the Cabinet stands out Ardern Nanaya Mahuta, An expert in social anthropology, wears moko kauae, a traditional Maori tattoo on her chin, which I swear in his native language The position of Head of New Zealand Diplomacy, To become the first woman to hold the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaya Mahuta. Reuters / Jonathan Molloy
New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaya Mahuta. Reuters / Jonathan Molloy

So I did Grant Robertson, Who became The first openly gay politician to hold the position of Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand, in addition to keeping the financial portfolio, Who was appointed in 2017 during Ardern’s first term.

New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson. EFE / Elvis González / Archive
New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson. EFE / Elvis González / Archive

Of the total 20 members of Ardern’s Cabinet, a global leader in progressive sectors, 40% are women, while 25% represent the Maori ethnic group, another 15% are Pacific Islanders and 15% belong to the LGTB + community.

(With information from EFE)

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