Professor Cynthia (Cindy) Kiro (Ngapuhi, Ngati Kahu, Ngati Hine) - is a well-known New Zealand academic.
Having focussed on Education for the past five years, Professor Kiro also worked in public health and children’s advocacy for many years. She has extensive experience working in roles to improve outcomes for the New Zealand population.
Professor Kiro is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Māori) at the University of Auckland (effective from 1 October 2018). She has worked at the University of Auckland for three years as Director of the Starpath Project and Te Tumu – responsible for Māori/indigenous education in the Faculty of Education.
Having held many senior roles in the health sector, academia and community organisations - Professor Kiros career has straddled social work, public health and education.
As New Zealand’s fourth Children’s Commissioner, Cindy Kiro established the Taskforce for Action on Family Violence, the largest ever response to family violence, that included 22 government department chief executives, a chief district court judge, the Police Commissioner, the Principal Family Court Judge, the Chief Families Commissioner, five non-government organisation chief executives, and Māori and Pacific Island representatives.