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Prime Minister John Key today announced the appointment of Cheryl Gwyn as Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security.
The appointment was made by the Administrator of the Government on behalf of the Governor General and is for a term of three years.
“Ms Gwyn will start in her new role on the 5th of May, taking over from the outgoing Inspector-General, the Honourable R Andrew McGechan CNZM QC,” Mr Key says.
Ms Gwyn is currently Deputy Solicitor-General at Crown Law, and has previously been a partner at two law firms. She has also been a Deputy Secretary for Justice as well as Acting Solicitor General and Chief Executive at Crown Law.
The appointment of Ms Gwyn was made after consultation with Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee, as is required by statute.
“I would like to thank Hon McGechan for agreeing to fulfil the role of Inspector-General since the middle of last year, at a time of significant change and scrutiny of the intelligence community,” says Mr Key.
The role of the Inspector-General has increased significantly following the passing of legislation last year. The changes include an extended work programme for the Office as well as greater resourcing.Tweet
It’s great to be here in Christchurch today.
Thank you to everybody attending today, and thanks to the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce for hosting this event.
One of the National-led Government’s four main priorities this term is to support the rebuilding of this, our second-biggest city, and to stand beside the people of Canterbury.
From the first earthquake in September 2010, the Government has totally backed Christchurch and the wider region to respond, to recover and to rebuild.
A lot of that backing is financial. The Government’s total contribution to the rebuild is now expected to be around $15 billion, of which $7.3 billion is from EQC net of reinsurance proceeds.
At the moment, we are paying an estimated $9 million every working day in rebuild invoices.
And this rebuilding programme is driving the regional economy.
Prime Minister John Key today expressed his condolences to the family
of Sir Owen Woodhouse, ONZ KBE DSC. Sir Owen passed away aged 97.
“Sir Owen Woodhouse was a man whose life exemplified public service and duty to his country,” Mr Key said.
“He was a decorated naval officer in World War II, receiving a Distinguished Service Cross for operations in the Adriatic, before embarking on a long and distinguished career as a jurist at the highest level.”
“He is best known for chairing the Royal Commission on Accident Compensation, authoring the Woodhouse Report, which recommended a no-fault accident compensation scheme for New Zealand. He leaves a genuinely important legacy.”
Sir Owen was made an Additional Member of the Order of New Zealand in 2007, after being made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1981.
Sir Owen Woodhouse was President of the Court of Appeal between 1981 and 1986, and was made a Privy Counsellor and member of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in 1974.Tweet