Who is the Ombudsman?
There are currently two: Judge Peter Boshier and Professor Ron Paterson.
Judge Peter Boshier
Judge Boshier began his term as Chief Ombudsman on 10 December 2015.
Prior to this, Judge Boshier was a Law Commissioner with the New Zealand Law Commission and was also a Family Court Judge.
He was born and educated in Gisborne and attended Victoria University of Wellington, obtaining a Bachelor of Laws with Honours Degree in 1975. After a period of practice in Wellington he was appointed as a District Court Judge with a specialist Family Court warrant in 1988.
Judge Boshier has a long association with Pacific judicial issues and was seconded to undertake judicial training there, based in Suva in 2002 and 2003. Judge Boshier travels regularly to Pacific Island countries to undertake workshops on the subject of family violence and youth justice. He holds the Samoan Matai title of Misa which was bestowed in 2000.
In 2004 Judge Boshier was appointed as the Principal Family Court Judge of New Zealand and held that position until December 2012. During that time, Judge Boshier served on the Government’s Family Violence Taskforce. He is now Chair of the White Ribbon Advisory Committee, Patron of the White Ribbon Trust and undertakes a variety of family violence projects each year.
In 2009 Judge Boshier was made a distinguished alumnis of the Victoria University of Wellington for his contribution to the law.
Judge Boshier is the President of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts based in the United States. He is the first New Zealander to hold this position and does so until July 2016.
Judge Boshier is Patron of the Dwell Community Housing Trust in Wellington.
Professor Ron Paterson
Ron Paterson was appointed an Ombudsman on 4 June 2013.
Prior to his taking up Office as an Ombudsman, Ron was a Professor of Law at the University of Auckland and New Zealand Health and Disability Commissioner from 2000-2010.
With law degrees from Auckland and Oxford Universities, Ron has held Fulbright and Harkness Fellowships.
He has researched and lectured in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and Australia, and is an international expert on complaints, healthcare quality and the regulation of health professions.
Ron is co-editor of the textbook Medical Law in New Zealand (2006) and author of The Good Doctor: What Patients Want (2012).
He has previously held positions as Chairman of the New Zealand Banking Ombudsman Scheme and as a member of the Board of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.