Catherine Tizard

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Dame Catherine Anne Tizard (4 April 1931 – 31 October 2021) was a New Zealand politician who served as mayor of Auckland City from 1983 to 1990, and the 16th governor-general of New Zealand from 1990 to 1996. She was the first woman to hold either office.



  • "To the best of my ability I tried to do some good, tried to make people's lives better in whatever way I could? Without sounding sanctimonious about it. Perhaps just that I tried not to do any harm"
    • [1] on what she would like her legacy to be
  • "I would hope that we’re not going to be, on the one hand, encouraging young people into a healthy lifestyle, and at the same time promoting a way of life that is demonstrably unhealthy"
    • [2] Tizard on alcohol and tobacco sponsorship in sport
  • "I hope we’ll have as much pride as the Americans had, but I don’t think it’ll be done in quite the same way. It’s not our style to let everything hang out"
    • [3] Tizard on how Kiwis will run the Commonwealth Games compared to how the Americans ran the recent Olympics

Quotes about person/work[edit]

  • "Dame Cath was a true trailblazer for women in public life"
    • [4] Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said

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