Former Governer-General, the Rt Hon Sir Anand Satyanand, has been inducted into the Kiwi-Indian Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held on 9 August at the Cordis Hotel. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern presented the award.
The Kiwi-Indian Hall of Fame award was introduced in 2013 to recognise and honour the efforts of prominent personalities in the New Zealand-Indian community. One person is inducted annually, recognised for thier significant contribution to the development and progress of not only the Indian community but also New Zealand.
Born and raised in Auckland 1944 to a Fiji-Indian family, Sir Anand graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Laws in 1970. Being appointed a District Court Judge in 1982, he worked in Palmerston North and Auckland courts while serving on the National Parole Board and as Prison Board Chairman.
Serving two five-year terms as Parliamentary Ombudsman from 1995, he was an elected member of the Auckland District Law Society Council and a member of the Council of New Zealand Rugby League as well as the Freeman’s Bay Community Committee.
Made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for public services in 2005, he later was redesignated as a Knight Grand Companion in 2009. In 2011 he received the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman – the overseas Indian honour award – from the Indian Government for his contribution to Public Affairs.
Sir Anand has taken up a position as Chancellor of Waikato University for a four-year term, recently resigning from his role as Chair of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-Based Institutions.