The government has appointed a new Telecommunications Commissioner to replace Douglas Webb, who departs on 11 July.
Dr Ross Patterson will take up the role as well as becoming a member of the Commerce Commission for a five-year period.
Communications Minister David Cunliffe, in announcing the appointment today, says the Commissioner will play a pivotal role in implementing the new telecommunications regime.
Patterson is a lawyer partner in law firm Minter Ellison who currently lives in Sydney. He heads the firm's regulatory practice. He is also president of the Australia New Zealand Business Council.