Dame Margaret Bazley has held senior leadership roles in the health and state sector for more than 50 years, most recently as Chair of the New Zealand Fire Service Commission from 1999 to 2011.
She was Commissioner and Deputy Chairperson of the State Services Commission in the 1980s, where she was involved in the formation of State Owned Enterprises and the development of the State Sector Act. She was Secretary for Transport from 1988 to 1993. She was Director-General of the Department of Social Welfare. She was Chair of the New Zealand Fire Service Commission from 1999 to 2011. She was Chair of the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology from 2001 to 2007. She was a member of the Waitangi Tribunal from 2001 to 2011. She was Commissioner of the Commission of Inquiry into Police Conduct, a member of the Royal Commission on Auckland Governance, and Chair of the Review of the Legal Aid System. Most recently, Dame Margaret has been Chair of Environment Canterbury and Registrar of Pecuniary and Other Specified Interests of Members of Parliament.
HONOURS AND AWARDS
Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award 2011
Massey University Honorary Doctorate of Literature 2008
Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services as Chief Executive of the Department of Social Welfare 1999
New Zealand Honour recipient