October 14, 2016
The Chief Ombudsman is initiating an investigation into the use of seclusion rooms in schools, following allegations that locked seclusion rooms have been used in two primary schools to restrain children with autism.
October 7, 2016
We have today published a media release on the reports by the Department of Corrections into organised fighting and access to contraband at Mt Eden Corrections Facility.
May 4, 2016
We have today published a media release on a decision by the Department of Corrections to undertake a case review of the management of a prisoner at Auckland’s maximum security prison.
Dame Beverley Wakem | December 8, 2015
The Chief Ombudsman has released her report on central government agencies' compliance with their obligations under the Official Information Act when responding to requests for information. This is the most in-depth review of the Act's operation ever undertaken by the Office of the Ombudsman. You can view the full report here and the Office's media release here.
November 2, 2015
The Chief Ombudsman, Dame Beverley Wakem, has renewed her call for requesters to tell her about their experience of accessing official information from government agencies. The surveys, which can be accessed from our website, close at midnight on Thursday 5 November. Dame Beverley says "I strongly urge requesters to use this opportunity to provide me with their views, so I have the strongest possible evidence for my review." Read the full media release here.
October 15, 2015
The Office of the Ombudsman's Annual Report for the year 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015 was tabled in Parliament this afternoon, which recorded that it had received the second highest amount of work ever and was able to complete 92% of complaints and other work within six months. You can read the full report here and the Office's media statement here.
December 17, 2014
The Chief Ombudsman, Dame Beverley Wakem, has begun a wide ranging review of Official Information Act (OIA) practices in the public sector. Read the full media release here. The Project Summary can be read here. The Survey of Agencies can be read here. The Survey of Ministers can be read here.
October 15, 2014
The Ombudsman's annual report for 2013/14, published today, shows the Office is making significant progress in effectively managing its work to make sure people are treated fairly. Read the full media release here.
August 7, 2014
In its second report, launched today, the Independent Monitoring Mechanism of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities says proposed changes to building regulations are unnecessary and infringe disabled people's right to access buildings. You can read the joint media release here and the full report here.
August 7, 2014
In it's second report launched today, Independent Monitoring Mechanism of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities says health outcomes for disabled New Zealaners seriously lag behind the rest of the population and is unacceptable. Read the joint media release here and the full report here.
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