The Ombudsman helps the community in its dealings with government agencies.
We handle complaints against government agencies and undertake investigations and inspections. We also encourage good administration by giving feedback and training to agencies. We will initiate our own investigations where we see the need.
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December 12, 2013
The Human Rights Commission has just released its annual report on the activities of National Preventative Mechanisms (NPMs) under the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture. Under the Crimes of Torture Act NPMs are responsible for monitoring the conditions of places of detention to improve the treatment of detainees and prevent torture. The Human Rights Commission is the Central NPM and responsible for co-ordinating the activities of the NPMs, being the Ombudsman, the Children's Commissioner, the Independent Police Conduct Authority and the Inspector of Service Penal Establishments. The Ombudsman is the designated NPM for prisons, secure mental health facilities, immigration detention facilities and child and youth residences and has had a busy year of monitoring activities. The report is available to read here.
December 9, 2013
Transparency International New Zealand has completed an independent and in-depth assessment of the quality of transparency and accountability in the public and private sectors, and the integrity of New Zealand's overall governance systems.
Their report released today, titled 'Integrity Plus 2013 New Zealand National Integrity System Assessment', is available to read here
December 4, 2013
The Transparency International Secretariat in Berlin has released its annual Global Corruption Perceptions Index and New Zealand has been ranked first equal with Denmark.More from the newsroom Subscribe