Sir Ian Hassall
Sir Ian Hassall is a specialist paediatrician who worked as a clinician in Auckland (1971-81), with the Plunket Society nationally as a medical director (1978-89) and with the Domestic Violence Centre (now S.H.I.N.E.) (2001-3). He was New Zealand’s first Children’s Commissioner (1989-94). He was senior lecturer/researcher at the Institute of Public Policy at AUT University (2001-9) where he developed and taught a Masters course in Children and Public Policy. He was a panel member of the Confidential Listening and Assistance Service (2008-15) which listened to people abused while in state care.
He has published and commented widely on children’s rights, safety and mortality, the role of the Children’s Commissioner and the place of children in society.
In 2010 he received the international Aldo Farina award for child rights advocacy and in 2019 was made Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (KNZM) for services to children’s welfare.More information soon