I Might Be the First, But Won't Be the Last

Oct. 27, 2021, 1:21 p.m.

Appointed this year as the 22nd Governor-General of Aotearoa, Dame Cindy Kiro of Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine and Ngāti Kahu descent talks to us about her new appointment.

Not only is Dame Kiro the 4th woman to hold this position in the history of Aotearoa, but she is also the very first wahine Māori Governor-General of Aotearoa. Dame Kiro felt honoured to have worn the kahu kiwi korowai of Dame Rangimārie Hetet of which Te Papa had lent for this auspicious occasion.

Her focus is on working with communities and giving a profile to those organisations that just get on with the work, those local heroes.

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