Pio Terei – Master of Ceremonies
It’s always a pleasure to have Pio as our Master of Ceremonies. He will entertain us and keep us on track as the conference progresses. Pio’s numerous appearances in the past decade as a comedian, actor, radio and television host, musician and performer have established him as one of New Zealand’s most popular and personable entertainers.
Pio came to notice in 1995 when he headlined his own TV3 show, “Pete and Pio”, with fellow comedian Peter Rowley. He led his own show simply called “Pio” and hosted “Christmas in the Park”.
In the 2012 New Year Honours List Pio was awarded an MNZM for his services to entertainment.
Pio has much planned and prepared for our conference attendees.
Judge Andrew Becroft - Children’s Commissioner
His Honour Judge Andrew Becroft was appointed the Children’s Commissioner for New Zealand for a two-year period from June 2016. Prior to that he was the Principal Youth Court Judge of New Zealand from 2001 to 2016, and a District Court Judge from 1996 to 2001.
Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Judge Becroft attended Rongotai College in Wellington and graduated from The University of Auckland in 1981 with a BA/LLB (Honours) degree. He practised in Auckland with the firm Fortune Manning & Partners until 1986, then assisted with the establishment of the Mangere Community Law Centre and worked there until 1993. He then worked as a criminal barrister in South Auckland until his appointment to the District Court bench, sitting in Whanganui, from 1996.
Judge Becroft is a former council member of the Auckland District Law Society and the New Zealand Law Society. He is a current editor of LexisNexis “Transport Law”, is the Patron of the New Zealand Speak Easy Association Inc., which assists those with various forms of speech impediment, and is the Chairperson of the Board of the Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship (NZ) Inc.
In 2009, Judge Becroft received an award from the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand as Communicator of the Year. In 2010 Judge Becroft was the recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Auckland.
He is married with three children, aged 21, 19 and 16. Judge Becroft is a keen sports watcher, but he confesses, only an average (but enthusiastic) participant.
As Principal Youth Court Judge he was strongly committed to a specialist approach to dealing with youth and child offenders, and brings to the Commissioner's role a particular focus on teenagers and adolescent development generally. Judge Becroft is privileged and challenged to be the advocate for New Zealand’s 1.12 million under 18-year-olds.
Judge Peter Boshier - Chief Ombudsman
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 has travelled 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.
In 2009 Judge Boshier was made a distinguished alumnus of the Victoria University of Wellington for his contribution to the law.
Judge Boshier is Patron of the Dwell Community Housing Trust in Wellington and the White Ribbon Domestic Violence Trust.
David Rutherford - Chief Commissioner, Human Rights Commission
David Rutherford was appointed Chief Human Rights Commissioner in September 2011. Prior to his appointment, he was the Managing Director of Special Olympics Asia Pacific and based in Singapore.
He has held senior executive roles in building materials and agribusiness businesses operating in New Zealand and Australia, has been Chief Executive of the New Zealand Rugby Union and has worked as a corporate, securities and commercial lawyer in New Zealand and Canada.
Mr Rutherford has a strong history of involvement in sports and has lectured in sports law at Victoria University. He has been a volunteer board member in rugby union, netball, Paralympics New Zealand, Special Olympics New Zealand, Special Olympics International and for the Attitude Trust.
He brings a passion for the development and the inclusion of people with disability in sports.