Anand Satyanand

Anand Satyanand

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Sir Anand Satyanand, GNZM, QSO, KStJ (born 22 July 1944) is the 19th and current Governor-General of New Zealand. He previously worked as a lawyer, judge and ombudsman.

Early life and family

Satyanand was born and raised in Auckland to an Indo-Fijian and Anglo-Indian family. His grandparents arrived in Fiji from India in 1911, and were married on Nukulau Island. His father, Mutyala Satyanand, a medical doctor, was born in Sigatoka in 1913 and arrived in New Zealand in 1927 to attend high school. His mother Tara Tillak was a nurse from Suva. She married his father after moving to New Zealand.

Satyanand attended Sacred Heart College in Auckland and then moved to Dunedin to take a medical intermediate course at the University of Otago. So instead he took up law, graduating with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Auckland in 1970. He worked as a lawyer for the next 12 years, initially for Greig, Bourke and Kettelwell. Later he worked as a barrister for the Crown Law Office. He served on the Council of the Auckland District Law Society from 1979 until his appointment as a judge...
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