Rosslyn Noonan

Chief Commissioner 2001 – 2011

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Rosslyn Noonan took up a five-year appointment as Chief Human Rights Commissioner on 17 May 2001. Her tenure was then extended a further five years on 1 June 2006 until 31 May 2011. During this time she headed the Commission during a period of significant change.

Ms Noonan came to the Commission from the position of Trade Union and Human Rights Co-ordinator with Education International. Based in Brussels for four years, she worked with the United Nations Human Rights Commission, the International Labour Organisation and other intergovernmental agencies and with education unions in the Balkans, in Africa and in Asia. She also has extensive experience in the New Zealand trade union movement.

In March 2010, Ms Noonan was unanimously elected as the new chair for the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (ICC). The ICC is the global organisation in charge of strengthening and establishing independent, effective national human rights institutions that meet international standards. She continued her role as ICC Chair until March 2012 and was appointed as the first Visiting Fellow with The New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice at the University of Auckland’s Law School in January 2013.

Disability Rights Commissioner designation shared with Commissioner McGregor

Works jointly with Commissioner de Bres and Commissioner Johansen on Te Mana I Waitangi

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