Judy McGregor


Dame Judith Helen McGregor DNZM (born 1948) is a New Zealand lawyer, journalist, public servant and academic. She is currently a full professor at Auckland University of Technology[1] and chairs the Waitematā District Health Board.

Dame Judy McGregor

Dr Judy McGregor speaking to the Pay Equity Challenge Coalition (5183527704).jpg
McGregor in 2010
Born1948 (age 73–74)
Alma materMassey University
Scientific career
  • The "manufacture" of news in the 1993 New Zealand general election (1995)


McGregor completed a BA from the University of Waikato in 1970, where she was founded editor of Nexus, the student magazine.[2] Working as a journalist she rose to editorship of the Sunday News and the Auckland Star and serving on the Broadcasting Standards Authority.[2] She also took stands against the 1981 Springboks tour and walked in the 1975 Maori land march.[3]

In the 2004 New Year Honours, McGregor was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to journalism.[4]

After a PhD in political communication, McGregor worked as a Professor at Massey University.[2] Between 2003 and 2013 (two terms) McGregor served as the first Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner for the New Zealand Human Rights Commission, appointed by Minister Margaret Wilson and replaced in the role by politician Jackie Blue.[5][6][7] As commissioner her report 'Caring Counts' based on undercover work in the aged care industry had a huge impact[8][9][10][11] and lead ultimately to the a historic industry-wide settlement.[12]

McGregor then moved to Auckland University of Technology as professor.[1] In 2016 McGregor was named supreme winner of Women in Governance Awards.[3] After the resignation of Dr Lester Levy as chair of the Waitematā District Health Board, the Minister of Health (David Clark) appointed McGregor as his successor, effective 10 June 2018.[13]

McGregor was promoted to Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to human rights and health, in the 2022 Queen's Birthday and Platinum Jubilee Honours.[14]

Selected worksEdit

  • New Zealand Human Rights Commission. "Caring Counts, Tautiaki tika." (2012).
  • McGregor, Judy, and Lance Gray. "Stereotypes and older workers: The New Zealand experience." Social Policy Journal of New Zealand (2002): 163–177.
  • McGregor, Judy, and David Tweed. "Profiling a new generation of female small business owners in New Zealand: Networking, mentoring and growth." Gender, Work & Organization 9, no. 4 (2002): 420–438.
  • McGregor, Judy, David Tweed, and Richard Pech. "Human capital in the new economy: devil's bargain?." Journal of Intellectual Capital 5, no. 1 (2004): 153–164.
  • Gray, Lance, and Judy McGregor. "Human resource development and older workers: Stereotypes in New Zealand." Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources 41, no. 3 (2003): 338–353.


  1. ^ a b "Judy McGregor". AUT. 21 September 2015. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Judy McGregor - Distinguished Alumni - Alumni @ Waikato : University of Waikato". Alumni.waikato.ac.nz. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Professor Judy McGregor supreme winner of Women in Governance Awards". Stuff.co.nz. 1 July 2016. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  4. ^ "New Year Honours List 2004 | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet". DPMC. 5 April 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  5. ^ "EEO Commissioner appointed".
  6. ^ "2002-go7689 - New Zealand Gazette". Gazette.govt.nz. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  7. ^ Massey University New Zealand News and Media Information (24 August 2007). "Massey News Article | Professor McGregor to become EEO Commissioner". Massey.ac.nz. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Report into the aged care sector should be a springboard for action". Psa.org.nz. 15 June 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Judy McGregor: Private sector has obligation to show same leadership as Government in pay equity". The New Zealand Herald. 20 April 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Undercover boss slams workers' conditions". Stuff.co.nz. 27 May 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  11. ^ "New Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner".
  12. ^ "Human Rights Commission :: New Zealand Human Rights Commission applauds historic pay equity settlement". Hrc.co.nz. 18 April 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  13. ^ "New Auckland DHB chairs announced" (Press release). Wellington: New Zealand Government. Scoop. 29 April 2018. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  14. ^ "The Queen's Birthday and Platinum Jubilee Honours List 2022". The New Zealand Herald. 6 June 2022. Retrieved 6 June 2022.

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