Gov-Gen Reflects on Changing Nation
NZ Governor-General Anand Satyanand gave an exclusive online interview to Indian TV station NDTV. In it, he discussed NZ’s increasingly multicultural makeup, as well as his own Indian ancestry. “New Zealand, like all countries, continues to have disparities in race and other areas but my appointment is symbolic of this country’s commitment to ending those disparities,” he says. “Since the first New Zealand-born Governor-General was appointed in 1967, two Governors-General have been women (Dame Catherine Tizard and Dame Silvia Cartwright) and one has been Maori (Sir Paul Reeves) and their appointments in turn reflect other changes within New Zealand.” Anand Satyanand succeeded Dame Silvia Cartwright as Governor-General in 2006.