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Members of the BSA (ie, those who make up the board that decides complaints) are appointed by the Governor-General, on the recommendation of the Minister of Broadcasting.  There are four members: a chairperson and three others. The chairperson is required to be a barrister or solicitor.  One member is appointed after consultation with broadcasters, and another after consultation with public interest groups.

Members are responsible for the determination of complaints and for the governance of the BSA.

Peter Radich Mary Anne Shanahan Leigh Pearson Te Raumawhitu Kepenga

  • Peter Radich (Chair)

    Peter Radich BSA ChairPeter is a partner in Radich Law and has been a solicitor of the High Court since 1969. He was previously the Chair of the New Zealand Law Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal until it was disbanded in January 2009.

    He also serves as Milk Commissioner for the Fonterra Dairy Group, is District Solicitor to the Marlborough District Council and is a member of the Law Practitioners and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal.

    Peter was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year Honours List 2012 for his services to the law.  

    Peter took up the position of Chair of the BSA in January 2010. He was reappointed for a further term in December 2012.

  • Mary Anne Shanahan

    Mary Anne ShanahanMary Anne obtained an LLB from Auckland University in 1980, and later a Bachelor of Arts (1989) and a Diploma of Business (Finance) (1995). She has practised law in New Lynn, West Auckland for 28 years and was appointed a Notary Public in 1993.

    For the past 10 years she has served on the Auckland Law Society Disciplinary Committee which deals with complaints about legal professional and ethical standards.

    She has also been involved in a number of community groups over the years. 

    Mary Anne joined the BSA in June 2009. She was reappointed for a further term in May 2012.

  • Leigh Pearson

    Leigh PearsonLeigh is a self-employed government relations and communications advisor. She is a former journalist
    with TVNZ, Radio NZ and Radio Deutsche Welle.

    She was Manager of Trade Policy Liaison at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and has contracted to a range of government agencies and businesses.

    Leigh is also a former Chair of the Parliamentary Press Gallery.

    Leigh joined the BSA in January 2010. She was reappointed for a further term in December 2012.

  • Te Raumawhitu (Te Rau) Kupenga

    Te Rau KupengaTe Rau has a legal background, having worked previously as a Crown Prosecutor as well as holding senior solicitor positions at the Office of the Māori Trustee and in a commercial law firm in Wellington.

    He has worked as a television presenter and until recently was a regular panellist on a lifestyle television show.

    Te Rau is Ngāti Porou and is very involved in iwi and whānau development.

    Te Rau joined the BSA in December 2010. He was reappointed for a further term in November 2013.