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Ombudsman To Test Concerns Council Workshops Are Undermining Local Democracy

Thursday, 4 August 2022, 2:09 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

The Chief Ombudsman has launched an investigation into concerns that councils are undermining local democracy by using ‘workshops’ to discuss issues and make decisions behind closed doors. Mr Boshier is taking action after becoming concerned about the ... More >>

MSD Revisits Funding For Disabled Man Following Ombudsman’s Investigation

Wednesday, 29 June 2022, 10:52 am | Office of the Ombudsman

Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier says it is unreasonable that there is no mechanism to reassess funding for community participation programmes for disabled people throughout their life once they have left school. However, he has commended the Ministry of ... More >>

Kiingitanga Appointment Reaffirms Ombudsman’s Commitment To Te Ao Maaori

Tuesday, 31 May 2022, 2:15 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

The Kiingitanga and the Chief Ombudsman have agreed to the appointment of Ngira Simmonds to Pūhara Mana Tangata - the Ombudsman’s Maaori Advisory Panel. Kiingi Tuheitia Pootatau Te Wherowhero VII believes the appointment shows the Chief Ombudsman’s ... More >>

Ombudsman Welcomes Passage Of Protected Disclosures Bill

Tuesday, 10 May 2022, 3:47 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

The Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier says the passing of new whistleblower legislation will help reinforce New Zealand’s international reputation as a free and transparent society. Mr Boshier says he welcomes the passage of the Protected Disclosures (Protection ... More >>

Third Reports Highlights Overrepresentation Of Māori In Mental Health Seclusion

Monday, 2 May 2022, 11:34 am | Office of the Ombudsman

The Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has highlighted for the third time in less than a year the overrepresentation of Māori in mental health seclusion. Ward 21, an acute mental health inpatient unit at Palmerston North Hospital, was inspected by the Ombudsman ... More >>

No Benefit In Seclusion Of Mental Health Patients, Says Ombudsman

Thursday, 28 April 2022, 11:35 am | Office of the Ombudsman

Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier says he is worried about high rates of seclusion at two Bay of Plenty mental health facilities, particularly for Māori patients. Mr Boshier today published reports of follow-up visits to Te Toki Maurere in Whakatāne ... More >>

Ministry Acted Unreasonably Over Consultation On Erebus Memorial Site, Says Chief Ombudsman

Monday, 28 March 2022, 11:15 am | Office of the Ombudsman

The Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier says Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage acted unreasonably by not consulting more widely before forming a preference for a location for the proposed National Erebus Memorial in Auckland. Mr Boshier has ... More >>

Complaints About OIA Responses Continue To Rise

Thursday, 10 March 2022, 10:38 am | Office of the Ombudsman

Complaints about responses to Official Information Act (OIA) requests have risen 23.5 percent in six months, Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier says. Complaints to the Ombudsman rose in the six months to 31 December 2021 from 722 to 892, according to ... More >>

Serious Concerns About Cruel And Inhuman Treatment At Forensic Facility

Thursday, 28 October 2021, 1:58 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier says he is seriously concerned about the use of seclusion at forensic units in the Wellington region. He also says more must be done for an intellectually disabled client who has been living in effective seclusion for years. ... More >>

Ombudsman Launches Investigation Into MIQ Booking System

Wednesday, 20 October 2021, 2:00 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

The Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier is launching a broad investigation into the Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) booking system after receiving hundreds of complaints. Mr Boshier says he has identified some common themes in about 200 complaints relating ... More >>

Use Your Right To Know: Chief Ombudsman

Tuesday, 28 September 2021, 10:30 am | Office of the Ombudsman

Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier says it is alarming that awareness of the Official Information Act and Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act has declined for the second year in a row. Today is International Right to Know Day, and Mr Boshier ... More >>

OIA complaints rise in six months

Wednesday, 8 September 2021, 10:43 am | Office of the Ombudsman

Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has released the latest Official Information Act and Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act complaints data. The biannual data covers complaints about both Acts for the period 1 January 2021 to 30 June 2021. ... More >>

Contrasting Results For Two Mental Health Units Operating Side By Side

Thursday, 5 August 2021, 2:00 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

Two mental health inpatient facilities have yielded very different inspection results despite being run by the same District Health Board and being within metres of each other on the same hospital grounds, Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier says. Stanford ... More >>

Failings In Ministry Stewardship Of High And Complex Framework

Wednesday, 28 July 2021, 11:22 am | Office of the Ombudsman

The Ministry of Health needs to urgently improve its oversight of services for people with an intellectual disability and high and complex needs, says Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier. Mr Boshier today released Oversight , his investigation report into ... More >>

Ombudsman COVID-19 Report Highlights Safe Practices But Some Concerns Remain

Wednesday, 30 June 2021, 1:59 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

An inspection by the Chief Ombudsman of six secure aged care facilities during COVID-19 Alert Levels 1 and 2 last year has found they were safe and hygienic but a lack of staff was having an impact on services. Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier today published ... More >>

Mental Health Facility Inspections Highlight Stark Differences

Tuesday, 8 June 2021, 2:08 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

The Chief Ombudsman says two of three acute care mental health inpatient facilities inspected last year are not fit for purpose and one urgently needs to be upgraded. However, a third, newly rebuilt unit is a fine example of a modern and therapeutic ... More >>

Chief Ombudsman Investigating Department Of Corrections

Tuesday, 18 May 2021, 5:07 am | Office of the Ombudsman

The Chief Ombudsman has begun an investigation into how the Department of Corrections has responded to repeated calls for reforms aimed at improving conditions for prisoners. "In many areas, I have not seen significant and sustained improvements to prisoners’ ... More >>

Ombudsman Releases Latest LGOIMA Reports

Wednesday, 3 February 2021, 11:00 am | Office of the Ombudsman

Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier today published his latest four reports into Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 (LGOIMA) practice and compliance at local authorities. "This latest batch of investigations confirms that in ... More >>

Chief Ombudsman Welcomes Top Transparency Rating

Thursday, 28 January 2021, 6:01 pm | Office of the Ombudsman

New Zealand is again ranked first equal with Denmark in the Transparency International annual index of perceived levels of public sector corruption. Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has welcomed New Zealand’s position in the 2020 index. He says New Zealand’s ... More >>

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 >>

 

 
 
 
 
 

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