Dame Margaret Bazley
Dame Margaret Bazley has long experience as a senior public servant and has extensive knowledge of the machinery of government. She has many years of experience in health, transport, social services and delivering services to Maori. She has held the positions of Acting Chief Executive of the Department of Work and Income, Chief Executive of the Ministry of Social Policy, Director-General of Social Welfare, Secretary for Transport, and Deputy Chairperson of the State Services Commission.
Dame Margaret is a registered nurse and has held various senior nursing positions including Matron of Sunnyside Hospital, Deputy Chief Nurse of the Auckland Hospital Board, Chief Nurse of the Waikato Hospital Board, and Director of Nursing in the Head Office of the Department of Health.
In recent years she has Chaired the New Zealand Fire Service Commission and the Foundation of Research, Science and Technology, been a member of the Waitangi Tribunal and the Royal Commission on the Future Governance of Auckland, and headed the Commission of Enquiry into Police Conduct and the Review of Legal Aid. Her current governance role is Chairperson of Environment Canterbury.
Dame Margaret was awarded the Sir Peter Blake medal in 2011 and an Honorary Doctorate of Literature from Massey University in 2008. She was honoured with a Dame Companion of New Zealand in 1999 and the Order of New Zealand in 2014.