A decorated World War 2 hero, former Supreme Court and
Court of Appeal judge, Privy Councillor and architect of ACC,
Sir Owen Woodhouse, ONZ KBE DSC, was 97.
Prime Minister John Key said Sir Owen's life exemplified
public service and duty to his country.
''He was a decorated naval officer in World War 2, receiving
a Distinguished Service Cross for operations in the Adriatic,
before embarking on a long and distinguished career as a
jurist at the highest level.
''He is best known for chairing the Royal Commission on
Accident Compensation, authoring the Woodhouse Report, which
recommended a no-fault accident compensation scheme for New
Zealand. He leaves a genuinely important legacy,'' Mr Key
Sir Owen, of Auckland, was made an Additional Member of the
Order of New Zealand in 2007, after being made a Knight
Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1981.
He was president of the Court of Appeal between 1981 and
1986, and was made a Privy Counsellor and member of the
Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in 1974.
An obituary will follow.