Helen Winkelmann

Dame Helen Diana Winkelmann GNZM (born 1962) is the 13th and current Chief Justice of New Zealand, having been sworn in on 14 March 2019. She is the second woman to hold the position, following her immediate predecessor, Sian Elias.


Dame Helen Winkelmann

13th Chief Justice of New Zealand
Assumed office
14 March 2019
Nominated byJacinda Ardern
Appointed byPatsy Reddy
Preceded bySian Elias
Administrator of the Government
In office
20 October 2019  27 October 2019
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor-GeneralDame Patsy Reddy
Prime MinisterJacinda Ardern
In office
7 June 2021  12 June 2021
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor-GeneralDame Patsy Reddy
Prime MinisterJacinda Ardern
Personal details
Born1962 (age 5859)
Alma materUniversity of Auckland
ProfessionBarrister