Cyclist to champion disability rights

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Paula Tesoriero

World record-breaking Paralympian cyclist Paula Tesoriero is to be New Zealand’s new Disability Rights Commissioner.

Tesoriero, who won gold and broke the women’s 500 metre record at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, is also a lawyer.

She is currently a member of the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation and a member of the Artificial Limb Board.

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Paula Tesoriero receives the Order of Merit

The Disability Rights Commissioner is a special officer of the Human Rights Commission, created in 2011.

Tesoriero will take over from the current commissioner, Paul Gibson, at the end of July.

She is currently works for the Statistics Department, and has been the general manager of the Higher Courts with the Ministry of Justice, as well as holding a range of other roles.