Peter Boshier

Peter Boshier

Presentation: Meeting our international obligations under OPCAT
Time: Wednesday 12 September, 9.30 am

Peter Boshier is Chief Ombudsman for New Zealand. He was appointed in December 2015, following a distinguished career as a judge.

Peter graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours in 1975. He was appointed as a District Court Judge with a specialist Family Court warrant in 1988.

Peter Boshier was Principal Family Court Judge from 2004 to 2012, when he was appointed a Law Commissioner. He held that position until his appointment as Chief Ombudsman.

He has served on the government’s Family Violence Taskforce and is Patron of the White Ribbon Trust and of the Dwell Community Housing Trust in Wellington. In 2009, he was made a distinguished alumnus of the Victoria University of Wellington for his contribution to the law.

Peter has a long association with Pacific judicial issues and has travelled regularly to Pacific Island countries to undertake workshops on the subjects of family violence and youth justice. He holds the Samoan Matai title of Misa, which was bestowed in 2000.

As Chief Ombudsman, Peter’s focus has been on a faster and more effective resolution of Official Information Act and other complaints, working with government agencies to improve their practices and strengthening his team’s inspection and monitoring functions under the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT).