Distinguished human rights advocate and lawyer Professor Paul Hunt has been appointed as Chief Human Rights Commissioner, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today.
Mr Little also announced the appointment of Dr Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo as Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner.
Professor Hunt joins the Human Rights Commission from Essex University in Britain, but had previously served with the United Nations in several roles, including as a special rapporteur, while Dr Sumeo joins the Commission from Oranga Tamariki.
“I would like to congratulate both commissioners on their appointments within the Humans Rights Commission. Each commissioner brings a wealth of experience in improving human rights both nationally and abroad.
“Their experience, leadership and fresh perspective stood out amongst some distinguished applicants, and are deemed to be the best candidates to take the Commission forward.”