24 October 2021

New Zealand swears in first indigenous woman as Governor-general.

New Zealand's first indigenous Māori woman to be named Governor-general, Dame Cindy Kiro, was formally sworn into the largely ceremonial role in parliament in Wellington on Thursday 21 October 2021, pledging to reach out to migrants and marginalised citizens.

Speaking to a small audience at the swearing-in ceremony, Dame Cindy said she was proud of her dual Maori and British heritage. The Governor-general carries out constitutional and ceremonial duties in the former British colony on behalf of the British monarch, who remains the country's official head of state.

Many Maori, who account for about 17% of New Zealand's population, are still disadvantaged socially and economically.

Source: www.reuters.com

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