Who we are

The Inspectorate is headed by a Chief Inspector and has a team of inspectors who carry out investigations and inspections.

  • Chief Inspector Janis Adair

  • Chief Inspector Janis Adair

    Janis worked as a nurse in the Army Medical Services and then became a Police detective in the United Kingdom. In New Zealand she has worked for the Commerce Commission, the Independent Police Conduct Authority and the Office of the Ombudsman. Most recently, she worked at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in the United Kingdom. In July 2017, Janis was appointed as Chief Inspector.

  • Principal Inspector Andy Fitzharris

  • Principal Inspector Andy Fitzharris

    Andy started at the Justice Department as a 17-year-old prison officer cadet. He worked his way up the prison hierarchy, ending up as a prison manager before becoming an Inspector. He was Chief Inspector from 2010 to 2017, then he became Principal Inspector overseeing the team of inspectors who investigate complaints and deaths in custody.