Human Rights Commission appoints new Chief Executive

Human Rights Commission appoints new Chief Executive

June 5, 2019

The Human Rights Commission board has appointed Rebecca Elvy as the new Chief Executive. 


Ms. Elvy, who will take up her role in August, is currently Chief Executive of Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision (New Zealand’s audio-visual archive).   


Ms. Elvy has postgraduate qualifications in Business Administration and Strategic Studies (Massey University and Victoria University) and has studied Organisational Development at Columbia University.  


She brings with her a strong background in central government agencies including the Ministry of Education, State Services Commission and Treasury.   


Chief Human Rights Commissioner Paul Hunt says Ms Elvy’s leadership experience will assist the Commission’s implementation of the Ministerial review recommendations and also work towards it being a Treaty-based organisation. 


“At Ngā Taonga she has been a champion of bringing Kaupapa Māori into the organisation to make it more bicultural,” says Mr. Hunt. 

“The Human Rights Commission is on a similar journey, so we are excited for her to help with that.” 


Pele Walker, the Commission’s chief mediator, has served as Acting Chief Executive since former Chief Executive Cynthia Brophy left in December 2018.