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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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August 19, 2015
The Officers of Parliament Select Committee today announced its recommendation that Judge Peter Boshier be appointed as Ombudsman from 10 December 2015, and that he undertake the role of Chief Ombudsman on the retirement of Dame Beverley Wakem later this year.
The Select Committee’s announcement can be viewed here.
August 13, 2015
The Ombudsman has released his opinion on a complaint about how the Ministry of Education managed the 2008 national school bus transport tender process. Professor Paterson concludes that the Ministry did not follow aspects of the process it had specified it would follow in the invitation for tenders ("the RFP"). Specifically, it failed to follow the appropriate process for notifying changes to the RFP, did not appropriately assess what were "acceptable" buses, allowed certain tenderers to bid for more bus routes than they were entitled to, and failed to treat one operator's bids for certain groupings as feasible through an inappropriate interpretation of the RFP. You can read the full opinion here.
August 12, 2015
The Ombudsman's Office has a vacancy for a Senior Advisor Disability Issues. This position is available in either our Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch office. Applications close 4.00pm, Tuesday, 25 August 2015. To learn more about the position click here. Applications can be made online via our website here.More from the newsroom Subscribe