English Barrister who became the Chief Justice of New Zealand in 1999. She also briefly held the position of Administrator of the Government in the spring of 2001.
She earned her law degree from Stanford University before working in her first law firm in 1972.
She has also twice held office as the Governor-General of New Zealand.
She and Hugh Fletcher have two sons, Edwin and Benjamin.
She was first appointed the Governor-General of New Zealand by Queen Elizabeth II in 2006.