Professor Cynthia Kiro is the Director of the Starpath Project and is responsible for Maori education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland. Prof Kiro is committed to promoting educational excellence and increasing student engagement among Indigenous and minority populations. Previously, Prof Kiro was Head of School Te Kura Maori at Victoria University and Director of Waiora Centre for Public Health Research at Massey University.
Child health and wellbeing is a major passion for Professor Kiro, who was New Zealand’s fourth Children’s Commissioner, establishing the Taskforce for Action on Family Violence, which was the country’s largest ever response to family violence. It has had enormous traction among the wider public.
Professor Kiro has had strong recognition for her body of work. In 2012, she received the US Fulbright Travel Awards as well as the Public Health Champion Award, and in 2013, she was awarded Maori of the Year: Community Service Award.