Dame Cindy Kiro Net Worth 2021, Biography, Age, Family, Parents, Husband, Sons

Cindy Kiro net worth

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Cindy Kiro is a New Zealand public health academic and administrator who became the 22nd governor-general of New Zealand in October 2021.

Before she was announced as governor-general designate, Kiro was the Ahorangi Chief Executive of the Royal Society Te Apārangi and was previously the Children’s Commissioner, head of the School of Public Health at Massey University, head of Te Kura Māori at Victoria University of Wellington and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Māori) of the University of Auckland.

Early life

NameCindy Kiro
Net Worth$4 million
Age63 years
Cindy Kiro net worth 2021

Dame Cynthia Alcyion Kiro GNZM QSO was born on July 2, 1958 (age 63 years) in Whangārei, New Zealand. She is the eldest child of six. She is of Māori and English descent, affiliating with Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Kahu, and Ngāti Hine iwi.

Cindy Kiro comes from working-class roots. Her father was born in a small mining village in Lancashire and her mother in Kaikohe.

Kiro was brought up in South Auckland and went to secondary school at Rutherford High School. She then attended Massey University but completed her Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from the University of Auckland.

In 1987 she graduated with a Certificate in Epidemiology from European University Institute in Fiesole, Italy.


From 1995 until 2000 Cindy Kiro was employed at Massey University as a senior lecturer in Social Policy. Kiro was awarded her PhD in Social Policy from Massey University in 2001 for a thesis entitled Kimihia Hauora Māori = Māori Health Policy and Practice. She went on to gain a Master of Business Administration (Executive) from the University of Auckland.

She was appointed New Zealand’s Children’s Commissioner in 2003 and served in this role until 2008. While in this role she established the Taskforce for Action on Family Violence that included many government department chief executives, and people from areas such as the police, Family Courts, and Māori and Pacific Island representatives. The passing of the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007 during her tenure attracted considerable public and media interest. Kiro supported and advocated for the repeal of Section 59 of the Crimes Act, which provided a legal justification for using force against children.

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She returned to academia, working as an associate professor at Massey University and heading that institution’s School of Public Health. In 2013 Kiro took a position as head of Te Kura Māori at the School of Education at Victoria University of Wellington. Kiro went on to serve as the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Māori) at the University of Auckland.

In October 2020 it was announced that Kiro was to be appointed Chief Executive of the Royal Society Te Apārangi, commencing on 1 March 2021.


On 24 May 2021, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that Queen Elizabeth II had agreed to her recommendation to appoint Kiro as the next governor-general of New Zealand from 21 October 2021. The five-year term of the previous governor-general, Dame Patsy Reddy, ended on 28 September 2021. Kiro will become the first Māori woman to be governor-general.

Honours and awards

In 2012, Kiro received the Public Health Champion award from the Public Health Association of New Zealand, and a US Fulbright Travel Award. The same year she was also named the Māori of the Year for Community Contribution by Television New Zealand.

In the 2021 New Year Honours, Kiro was appointed a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to child wellbeing and education.

On 9 August 2021, Kiro was appointed as an additional Dame Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit and as an additional Companion of the Queen’s Service Order in preparation for becoming governor-general.


Cindy Kiro is married to his longtime boyfriend GP Dr Richard Davies, they had their wedding in the 1990s. Cindy Kiro and her husband Richard Davies has four children and two grandchildren.

Cindy Kiro net worth

How much is Cindy Kiro worth? Cindy Kiro net worth is estimated at around $4 million. Her salary is around $350, 000 and her main source of income is from her career as an administrator. Kiro’s successful career has earned her some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy cars. She is one of the influential health officials in New Zealand.