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Disability Rights Report Highlights Challenges Under Lockdown

Wednesday, 20 January 2021, 2:02 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

A new report from New Zealand’s Independent Monitoring Mechanism (IMM) highlights the realities and challenges disabled people faced during the COVID-19 emergency. The report, Making Disability Rights Real in a Pandemic, Te Whakatinana i ngā Tika ... More >>

Rehabilitation Opportunities Must Be Increased To Avoid The Risk Of Breaching International Obligations, Says Ombudsman

Friday, 18 December 2020, 10:25 am | Office of the Ombudsman

The Chief Ombudsman is calling on the Department of Corrections to urgently introduce more rehabilitation opportunities for people held under Public Protection Orders (PPOs) to avoid the risk of breaching international human rights obligations. Peter ... More >>

Annual Report - A Strong Year In A Time Of Crisis

Thursday, 17 December 2020, 2:35 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier says holding government to account is never more important than in a time of crisis. Mr Boshier says the highlight of the year ending 30 June 2020 was managing a busy, and expanding, programme of work, while providing independent ... More >>

Chief Ombudsman Says Auckland Prison Has To Change

Monday, 14 December 2020, 3:24 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

The Chief Ombudsman says Auckland Prison’s culture remains one of containment rather than rehabilitation despite promised changes. Peter Boshier today released the report of his first unannounced inspection of New Zealand’s only maximum security ... More >>

Mental Health Units Not To Be Used For Long Term Accommodation, Says Ombudsman

Monday, 23 November 2020, 3:09 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

The Chief Ombudsman today released a report identifying another mental health unit in the Auckland region in which people are staying longer than clinically needed. A lack of suitable accommodation meant that 13 people were staying longer than they ... More >>

Ombudsman Releases Access To Government Information Survey

Monday, 28 September 2020, 2:49 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

The Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier says too many New Zealanders are still unaware of their rights to request information from Ministers, government agencies, and councils despite a growing thirst for information by the public. The release of the data coincides ... More >>

Latest OIA, LGOIMA Data Released

Tuesday, 8 September 2020, 11:02 am | Office of the Ombudsman

Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has released the latest Official Information Act (OIA) and Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act (LGOIMA) data[1]. The number of complaints about delayed OIA responses dropped slightly in the six months ... More >>

Newborn Removal Without Notice ‘more By Routine Than Exception’

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 2:38 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

Oranga Tamariki-Ministry for Children has been using its powers to remove newborn pēpi from their parents under a without notice Court order more by routine than exception, says Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier. Mr Boshier today released He Take ... More >>

Newborn Removal Without Notice ‘more By Routine Than Exception’ - Chief Ombudsman

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 2:04 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

Oranga Tamariki-Ministry for Children has been using its powers to remove newborn pēpi from their parents under a without notice Court order more by routine than exception, says Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier. Mr Boshier today released He Take ... More >>

Ombudsman Finds Significant Gaps In MoH Data

Thursday, 9 July 2020, 2:03 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

The Chief Ombudsman has identified significant gaps in the Ministry of Health’s collection and use of information about the deaths of people with intellectual disabilities receiving full-time residential support. The report Off the record examines the data ... More >>

Disability Rights Report Highlights Systemic Inequities And Opportunities For Real Change

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 4:35 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

The launch will be livestreamed from 4.30pm 30 June 2020 and available after broadcast A report released today by the New Zealand Independent Monitoring Mechanism (IMM) highlights the need for decisive government action, including stronger laws to protect ... More >>

Ombudsman Says Positive Steps By Prisons To Keep Out COVID Contravenes Some Prisoners’ Rights

Monday, 22 June 2020, 2:31 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

The Chief Ombudsman says overall prisons are taking positive steps to keep coronavirus out but this has come at the expense of some prisoners’ rights. More >>

Mental Health Services Inspected Generally Got It Right Over ‘lockdown’

Monday, 15 June 2020, 2:11 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

The Chief Ombudsman says his inspections of mental health facilities during the lockdown shows a good balance is possible between protecting people from COVID 19 and preserving human rights. Peter Boshier has released a report summarising his ... More >>

Parliament’s Independent Watchdog To Inspect Secure Aged Care Facilities

Wednesday, 15 April 2020, 1:01 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier is to begin a series of targeted inspections this week to provide an independent assessment of how secure aged care facilities are responding to COVID-19. "I have to act now because several aged care facilities ... More >>

Chief Ombudsman Continues To Monitor Treatment Of Detainees

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 3:51 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier says all New Zealanders have the right to be treated fairly during the COVID-19 emergency including those under lock and key. "My role as an independent watchdog will continue during the lockdown period and beyond," ... More >>

Chief Ombudsman Welcomes Visit By International Aged Care Expert

Thursday, 12 March 2020, 3:43 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

The Chief Ombudsman, Peter Boshier, welcomes the recent visit of the UN’s independent expert on older people. The UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, was in New Zealand between 2 and 12 March ... More >>

Chief Ombudsman Critical Of Overcrowding At Henry Bennett

Thursday, 5 March 2020, 2:03 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

The Chief Ombudsman is calling on the Waikato District Health Board to address overcrowding, and the high use of seclusion and physical restraints, at its Henry Rongomau Bennett Centre. "I consider there is an urgent need to deal with the issues I have raised." ... More >>

Latest OIA, LGOIMA Data Released

Wednesday, 4 March 2020, 2:22 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

The Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has released his latest Official Information Act (OIA) and Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act (LGOIMA) data. The number of OIA complaints received by the Ombudsman in the six months from 1 July ... More >>

Chief Ombudsman Welcomes Protected Disclosure Act Review

Thursday, 20 February 2020, 5:12 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

The Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has welcomed today’s announcement by the Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins that the Government intends to begin strengthening the Protected Disclosures Act to provide better protection for whistle blowers. "I ... More >>

Chief Ombudsman revisits Not a game of hide and seek

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 11:52 am | Office of the Ombudsman

The Chief Ombudsman is launching a new inquiry into whether central government agencies have addressed any weaknesses identified in a landmark investigation five years ago. More >>

 

 
 
 
 
 

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