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New Zealand swears in first indigenous female Governor-general

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.

Dame Cindy has had a career in academics and held leadership roles at several New Zealand universities. She holds a PhD in Social Policy and an MBA (Exec) in Business Administration from the University of Auckland and Massey University, and was the first in her family

to achieve a university qualification.

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

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