The Commissioner

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright


Dr Jan Wright was sworn in as Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment for a five-year term on 5 March 2007 and reappointed for a second term in 2012

Jan has a multidisciplinary background with a Physics degree from Canterbury, a Masters degree in Energy and Resources from Berkeley in California, and a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard.

In 2012 Dr Wright was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Lincoln University, and in 2015 she was made a Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Prior to her current role, Jan worked as an independent policy and economic consultant for many different government agencies and as a member of various Crown Entity Boards.

The office

The Commissioner is assisted by a staff of 20 people. The office is truly multi-disciplinary, which really helps us to see issues from different perspectives, and can lead to animated discussions. Staff are qualified in such varied subjects as chemistry, geography, physics, biology, forestry, economics, politics, geology, law, planning, history, marine science, soil science, and coastal management.

Staff provide administrative, research, technical, and general support for the Commissioner's investigations.

The Commissioner is committed to developing an equal employment opportunities environment, where diversity is sought and valued.