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State Services Commission Inquiry into leaked MFAT documents

Thursday, 23 June 2016, 9:45 am | Office of the Ombudsman

Ombudsman Ron Paterson has today published his opinion on an investigation into a complaint by Derek Leask, a former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, about the State Services Commission's inquiry into leaked MFAT documents, undertaken by ... More >>

Closer scrutiny of Govt agencies prompted by OIA review

Tuesday, 8 December 2015, 2:40 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

The Office of the Ombudsman is putting government agencies under closer scrutiny following an in-depth review of their compliance with the Official Information Act. More >>

Chief Ombudsman seeks public experience of OIA

Monday, 2 November 2015, 3:43 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

Chief Ombudsman seeks public experience of OIA Date: 2 November 2015 People have just four days left to tell the Chief Ombudsman about their experiences of making requests to government agencies under the Official Information Act if they are to ... More >>

Ombudsman seeks public input on OIA

Friday, 23 October 2015, 2:35 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

As part of her review of Official Information Act (OIA) practices, the Chief Ombudsman, Dame Beverley Wakem, has today launched three online surveys to gather the experiences of requesters and those working in government agencies. The surveys will be open ... More >>

Growing demand for Ombudsman's services

Thursday, 15 October 2015, 3:08 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

Growing demand for Ombudsman’s services, report shows 15 October 2015 Growing demand for Ombudsman's services More >>

Chief Ombudsman’s statement on High Court TPPA Decision

Tuesday, 13 October 2015, 5:05 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

The High Court’s decision released today requiring the Minister of Trade to reconsider his decision relating to Professor Jane Kelsey’s request for information about the TPPA relates only to the decision making process followed by the Minister. More >>

New opinion – Information Regarding Treaty Negotiations

Wednesday, 14 January 2015, 9:52 am | Office of the Ombudsman

The Chief Ombudsman has released her opinion on a complaint about the withholding of information relating to Whanganui River Iwi Treaty of Waitangi negotiations. While some information was released during the investigation because of progress in the ... More >>

Chief Ombudsman launches major review of OIA practices

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 12:56 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

The Chief Ombudsman, Dame Beverley Wakem, has today begun a wide ranging review of Official Information Act (OIA) practices in the public sector. More >>

New Ombudsman opinion

Friday, 21 November 2014, 12:47 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision. More >>

New Ombudsman opinion - Horowhenua District Council

Friday, 7 November 2014, 5:11 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

The Chief Ombudsman has released her opinion on a complaint about the manner in which the Horowhenua District Council investigated a councillor's alleged code of conduct breaches. Dame Beverley Wakem found that the Mayor and Deputy Mayor unreasonably ... More >>

New Ombudsman opinion

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 9:49 am | Office of the Ombudsman

The Ombudsman has released his opinion on a complaint about the NZ Fire Service’s decision to refuse a request for the NZ Localities dataset, unless the requester signed a licence agreement governing use of the dataset. More >>

Office of Ombudsman making sure people treated fairly in NZ

Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 12:46 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

The Office of Ombudsman has told Parliament that it has made significant progress in effectively managing its work to make sure people are treated fairly in New Zealand. More >>

New Ombudsman Opinion - IRD legal advice

Wednesday, 6 August 2014, 12:28 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

The Ombudsman has released his opinion on a complaint about the Inland Revenue Department’s (IRD’s) decision to withhold legal advice on outsourcing contact with taxpayers. The Ombudsman upheld IRD’s decision, noting that it was open to IRD to withhold ... More >>

New Ombudsman opinion: Teachers Council & ECE Graduates

Thursday, 8 May 2014, 4:41 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

The Ombudsman has released his opinion on a complaint about the New Zealand Teachers Council’s refusal to register certain Early Childhood Education graduates, due to concerns about their English language proficiency. Professor Paterson found that ... More >>

New opinion - commercial witholding & public interest

Thursday, 8 May 2014, 1:40 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

The opinion gives detailed consideration to the commercial withholding ground, and also the infrequently relied upon ground for withholding information in order to avoid prejudice to the substantial economic interests of New Zealand. It also addresses ... More >>

Ombudsman on school charges for curriculum-related items

Thursday, 1 May 2014, 2:53 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

The Ombudsman has released his opinion on a complaint about a secondary school’s practice of compulsorily charging for workbooks and other curriculum-related items. He found that the school had acted unreasonably, and contrary to the entitlement ... More >>

New Ombudsman opinion on John Banks' electoral funding

Monday, 17 February 2014, 12:15 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

The Ombudsman has released his opinion that the public interest requires release of the majority of the statement given by John Banks to the Police. The statement relates to alleged irregularities in electoral funding donations for the 2010 Auckland ... More >>

Highest ever number of complaints for Ombudsman

Tuesday, 15 October 2013, 3:37 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

For the second year in a row, the Office of the Ombudsman is reporting an unprecedented increase in demand for its services. More >>

Chief Ombudsman: progress of investigation on school closure

Thursday, 18 July 2013, 1:31 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

The Chief Ombudsman Dame Beverley Wakem is currently completing the information gathering stage in her investigation of the way in which the Ministry of Education conducts consultation on school closures and mergers. More >>

Second chance at visas for some Pacific people

Tuesday, 12 March 2013, 12:10 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

Second chance at visas for some Pacific people following Ombudsman immigration investigation Chief Ombudsman Dame Beverley Wakem says Pacific people who believe they were not treated fairly when Immigration New Zealand implemented policies enabling Pacific ... More >>

 

 

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