Dame Cindy Kiro Sworn in as New Zealand’s First Female Indigenous Governor-General

Dame Cindy Kiro became New Zealand’s first female indigenous governor-general after being sworn into office at a ceremony at the parliament in Wellington on Oct. 21.

After reciting the oaths of office in both English and Māori, Kiro became the 22nd governor-general and the first wāhine Māori to hold the position.

Kiro is of Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Kahu and British descent.

“It truly is incredible standing here with this opportunity, and I hope young Māori girls, no matter where they come from in life, and all girls, take some inspiration from that,” Kiro said, according to the New Zealand Herald.

As governor-general, Kiro is Queen Elizabeth’s representative and has the role to carry out constitutional and ceremonial duties on behalf of the British Queen.

Earlier in the week, the Queen invested Kiro with the traditional Insignia of the Governor General through a videocall.

Kiro said that she wants to use her role to reach out to marginalized communities.

Editors Note: Story “CINDY-KIRO-NEW-ZEALAND” corrected on 21.10.2021 02:24 contained a typographical error.

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