Sir Anand Satyanand

Sir Anand Satyanand received a knighthood whilst serving as New Zealand’s 19th Governor-General from 2006 until 2011. Born, raised, educated and married in Auckland, he practiced law there, focusing on criminal law and revenue law. He became a Judge of the District Court in 1982 and worked in a number of places in the country for 12 years. He pursued interests in law reform, parole work and judicial education development alongside regular work. In 1995 Parliament appointed him an Ombudsman in which role he served two five year terms. He then took up a number of short term briefs, reviewing the Banking Ombudsman scheme, instituting the MP Pecuniary Interests Disclosure system and chairing the Confidential Forum for Former In-Patients of Psychiatric Hospitals. In 2006 he became Governor-General. Since relinquishing that role he has served as Chairman of the Commonwealth Foundation and as member of the International Advisory Council of Transparency International. He has worked as a judge for the New Zealand Public Service awards, and the World Class Kiwis awards. He has just been appointed an Honorary Advisor to the Asia New Zealand Foundation. He lives in Wellington with his wife Susan. They have three children and five grandchildren.