Commissioners and senior leadership

Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner, Saunoamaali’i Dr Karanina Sumeo

Saunoamaali’i Dr Karanina Sumeo is the proud mother of a son and two daughters. She is of Samoan descent, originally from the village of Vailima, Upolu, Samoa. She comes to the Human Rights from working as a Principal Practice Advisor (Pacific) at Oranga Tamariki, working to improve outcomes for Pacific children and families. Her previous experience within the public sector includes roles with the Ministry of Social Development, Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, Tertiary Education Commission, and the Auckland District Health Board. Her professional and academic background has involved advocating for the promotion of economic development, social, and employment interests of marginalised groups particularly women, Pacific people, learners and young people. Karanina holds qualifications in social work, social policy, mediation and science, including a PhD in public policy from AUT.