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Dame Margaret retires from public service

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 9/04/2017

Top public service investigator Dame Margaret Bazley has retired after 60 years in the business.

Dame Margaret, 79, says she retires with no regrets after giving everything she was involved in her best shot.

She entered the public service as a psychiatric hospital nurse and led the 2007 Commission of Inquiry into police conduct, which resulted in an overhaul of the way they dealt with sexual assault complaints.

Her last high-profile job was for the Wellington Rugby Football Union and looking at how it dealt with the Losi Filipo street violence case.

"I just kept getting interesting jobs to do. Every job is the high point," she told NZ Newswire.

During her career she served on the Waitangi Tribunal, as director-general of social welfare, secretary for transport, state services commissioner and last year stepped down as chairwoman of Environment Canterbury.

She was made a dame in the 2012 Queen's Birthday honours list.

Dame Margaret said she planned to pay more attention to a neglected garden, travel and catch up with friends in her retirement.

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