Dr Judy McGregor


J McGregor Dr Judy McGregorDr Judy McGregor, PhD, PGDip, LLB, BA was the Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner at the New Zealand Human Rights Commission from 2003-2012 and jointly designated as the Disability Rights Commissioner from 2003-2010. She is author of the New Zealand Census of Women’s Participation, a biennial benchmark report evaluating the status of women in governance, management, the judiciary, law, science, media and other areas of public life. She is also the Australasian editor of the journal, Gender and Management. She was first appointed in 3 February 2003 for a five year term which was renewed for a further five years on 20 January 2008. She took up a position at the Institute of Public Policy at AUT in December 2012.

Internationally, Dr McGregor has worked with emerging national human rights institutions in Malaysian Nepal, the Maldives, Jordan and Palestine and in Timor Leste on developing human rights communications strategies.

Dr McGregor is a former Massey University professor, trained lawyer and has a doctorate in political communication. She spent twenty years in the newspaper industry, was the first female to edit a major newspaper in Australasia and has written seven books including four journalism textbooks. She holds a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for services to journalism and has a long standing interest in the development of Māori media. Her other responsibilities and interests are women’s rights, human rights and the environment, civil and political rights including freedom of expression and business and human rights.


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