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.
February 17, 2014
The Ombudsman has released his opinion that the public interest requires release of the majority of the statement given by John Banks to the Police. The statement relates to alleged irregularities in electoral funding donations for the 2010 Auckland Super City Mayoral election. Information from the statement will be released on the Ombudsman’s recommendation, but only after the relevant court proceedings have been concluded, to protect Mr Banks’ right to a fair trial. You can read Professor Paterson’s opinion here.
February 12, 2014
The Ombudsman has released his opinion on a complaint about the investigation process followed by the New Zealand Teachers Council. Professor Paterson found that the process was characterised by unreasonable delays, lack of clarity and poor communication. You can read the full opinion here.
December 19, 2013
The Chief Ombudsman has released her joint report with the Privacy Commissioner on EQC's compliance with its obligations under the Official Information Act and the Privacy Act when responding to requests for information from its Canterbury customers. You can view the full report here and the joint media release here.
October 15, 2013
The Ombudsman's annual report, tabled in Parliament today, shows an unprecedented increase in demand for its services. Read the full media release here.
Dame Beverley Wakem DNZM, CBE | July 18, 2013
The Chief Ombudsman has released a media statement advising of progress on her investigation into the way in which the Ministry of Education conducts consultations on school closures and mergers. Read the full media release here.
Dame Beverley Wakem | March 26, 2013
Dame Beverley Wakem has commenced an investigation into the way in which the Ministry of Education conducts consultation on school closures and mergers. She is asking anyone who has information relevant to her investigation to contact her office. Read the full media release here
Chief Ombudsman | March 12, 2013
Chief Ombudsman Dame Beverley Wakem says Pacific people who believe they were not treated fairly when Immigration New Zealand implemented policies enabling Pacific residency quotas may now get another chance to be considered. Read the full media release here
December 18, 2012
Ombudsman Dr David McGee has found the Ministry of Education acted wrongly in its handling of requests for official information about Christchurch school closures.
Ombudsman | November 28, 2012
The Ombudsman is part of a group of specialised New Zealand complaint handling organisations that has developed resources for teaching the language of complaint to new speakers of English. The resources are available free online for anyone to use from today.
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