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About the Commissioners

Hon Peter Salmon

Hon Peter Salmon, CNZM, QC, AAMINZ – Chair
Hon Peter Salmon is a retired High Court Judge, who is currently active as an arbitrator and mediator, and sits on Pacific Island Courts of Appeal.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, he had extensive experience in Local Government, Environmental and Resource Management Law. He practised as a Barrister for 22 years and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1983.

He was a founding member and the first President of the Resource Management Law Association. Currently he is the General Editor of the Annotated Resource Management Act and he has recently completed, with two Commissioners, a review of the Draft National Policy Statement on Electricity Reticulation.


Dame Margaret Bazley

Dame Margaret Bazley, DNZM
Dame Margaret recently served as Commissioner for the Commission of Inquiry into Police Conduct. Other roles currently held by Dame Margaret are: Chairperson of the NZ Fire Service Commission, Chairperson of the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology, Registrar of the Pecuniary Interests of Members of Parliament, member of the Waitangi Tribunal and member of the Legal Services Agency Risk Management Committee.

When Dame Margaret retired from the Public Service in 2001, she was Chief Executive of the Ministry of Social Policy, which provided the Government with strategic social policy and purchase advice. Prior to this, she had held the position of Director-General of Social Welfare since 1993.

Prior to her appointment as Director-General of Social Welfare, Dame Margaret was Secretary for Transport from 1988 - 1993 and in the mid to late 1980s she was a Commissioner and Deputy Chairperson of the State Services Commission, playing a key role in the formation of State Owned Enterprises and the development of the State Sector Act. Dame Margaret was appointed to the Commission after a long career in nursing which culminated with her appointment as Director of Nursing with the then Department of Health in 1978.

In 1999 Dame Margaret was made a Dame Companion of New Zealand Order of Merit in recognition of her significant contribution to the New Zealand public service.


David Shand

David Shand

Mr Shand recently chaired the Local Government Rates Inquiry. He is also chair of the Tertiary Education Commission and a director of Meridian Energy Ltd.

He has extensive international financial experience, most recently for over eight years as a public financial management specialist at both the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Prior to that Mr Shand worked with the OECD on public management reform issues and held a number of senior positions in state and federal government in Australia, including Deputy Secretary of the Victorian Treasury and Queensland Public Service Commissioner.

In the early 1970s Mr Shand was a Wellington city councillor for two terms and a member of the Wellington Regional Authority.

Mr Shand is also a former University Lecturer in public sector accounting and budgeting and has published numerous articles on public financial management


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