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Surprise Retirement Commissioner appointment

Commerce Minister Kris Faafoi has revealed Diane Maxwell's replacement, and it's not who many expected.

Friday, November 1st 2019, 6:03PM 1 Comment

Jane Wrightson

Jane Wrightson has been appointed Retirement Commissioner.

“Jane has strong leadership, management and governance skills which will help champion improved financial capability for all New Zealanders and provide advice on retirement income policy issues,” Kris Faafoi said.

Wrightson is currently the chief executive of NZ On Air, which allocates money to a wide variety of local media content; from TV and radio to digital.

“Jane’s experience in that key role within New Zealand’s multi-million dollar media sector has helped us grow our national identity and showcase it to the world.

“NZ On Air connects New Zealanders and helps reflect what it is to be a New Zealander.

“It supports inclusion and embraces our diversity through the local content it funds.

“The abilities Jane has shown in leading that work will neatly fit into the work she’ll be doing with the Commission for Financial Capability on a national strategy to help New Zealanders get ahead financially,” Faafoi said.

Wrightson has been appointed for a three-year term, beginning on February 10.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Peter Cordtz for the leadership and professionalism he has demonstrated in the Retirement Commissioner’s role since the end of June," Faafoi said.

“Cordtz will continue in this role until February next year, providing essential continuity for staff and their important work programme. That work includes the Retirement Income Policy review, which provides important input into the development of Government policy. I look forward to receiving the recommendations from the review later this year.”

Cordtz said he welcomed Wrightson's appointment.

"I’m looking forward to meeting with Jane soon to begin the handover process,” he said.

"Jane’s appointment will enable me to step back to my other role as GM Communities and return to devoting my time fully to this area of our work.”

Cordtz said the staff at his office, the Commission for Financial Capability, were also looking forward to meeting Wrightson and working with her from February.

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