New Zealand’s Chief Ombudsman, Peter Boshier, has been elected to an important international role following a meeting last month of some 20 regional ombudsmen.
From April next year, Mr Boshier will be the regional president of Australasian and Pacific Ombudsman Region (APOR). He already serves as one of three APOR board directors.
APOR is the regional arm of the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI), the global organisation for the cooperation of more than 190 independent integrity institutions worldwide.
Mr Boshier was elected during APOR’s 30th conference, in Auckland on 28-29 November 2018, the theme of which was “Holding governments to account in a changing climate”.
Mr Boshier praised the outgoing president and Hong Kong Ombudsman, Connie Lau, for the significant contribution she made during her two years in the role. He said he would endeavour to continue her active role in developing links with regional and international bodies to ensure that the work of Ombudsman Offices is understood, valued and protected.
Source: Office of the Parliamentary Ombudsman, New Zealand