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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 >>

Councils in next round of LGOIMA practice investigations

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 4:19 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

(Headline abbreviated, original headline: Tauranga and Porirua City Councils in next round of LGOIMA practice investigations) More >>

Next round of LGOIMA practice investigations underway

Friday, 1 November 2019, 1:32 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has commenced another round of self-initiated investigations into the official information practices of selected councils. More >>

Let’s Get Wellington Moving letter - Final Opinion

Wednesday, 30 October 2019, 3:05 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier today released his Final Opinion on a complaint about the withholding of a letter written by Green MP and Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter. More >>

Annual Report highlights a pleasing year

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 2:10 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

In the Chief Ombudsman’s latest Annual Report, contacts for advice increased 29 percent, while more use was being made of guidance material, including the 23 new or updated guides that were published in the 2018/19 year. More >>

Community Attitudes towards freedom of information survey

Thursday, 3 October 2019, 2:49 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

The Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier says too many New Zealanders are unaware of their rights to request information from Ministers, government agencies and Councils. More >>

Right to Know essential to democracy in a digital world

Thursday, 26 September 2019, 11:04 am | Office of the Ombudsman

Information Access Commissioners and Ombudsmen from across Australia and New Zealand are urging government agencies to do more to make information available for the benefit of citizens. More >>

Inspection finds Tongariro Prison ‘safe, well managed’

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 2:30 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

An unannounced inspection at Tongariro Prison has found a safe and well-managed prison, with a clear sense of purpose and striving for continuous improvement. More >>

 

 
 
 
 
 

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