February 26, 2016
The Summer edition of the Ombudsman Quarterly Review is now available.
February 22, 2016
The Chief Ombudsman has today released a Case Note on a complaint about a request for a text message sent to the Prime Minister relating to pony tail pulling incidents at Rosie Cafe. The Chief Ombudsman formed the opinion that there is no blanket protection for the 'off the record' communications and that, even if confidentiality had applied, the public interest in release in this instance outweighed any need to withhold the information under the OIA.
February 17, 2016
The Ombudsman has published new guides on the official information legislation’s rules governing access to reasons for decisions and other special types of information
January 26, 2016
New Chief Ombudsman Judge Peter Boshier on where the office of the Ombudsman is heading
December 23, 2015
Our Office will close on Thursday 24 December 2015 at 12 noon and will reopen at 8.30am on Tuesday 5 January 2016. We wish you all a very happy Christmas and a safe and peaceful New Year.
December 17, 2015
New Chief Ombudsman Judge Peter Boshier launches comprehensive new guides on making and processing official information requests
December 15, 2015
An opinion regarding the refusal of the Police to allow a media requester to view camera footage of all persons who had been tasered by the Police has been released. The then Chief Ombudsman Dame Beverley Wakem concluded that, in the absence of consent, the material was appropriately withheld under section 9(2)(a), to protect the privacy of the persons concerned. There was no overriding public interest in release of the information. However there was a strong public interest in release of related information about Police guidance and monitoring of the use of tasers. You can read the opinion here.
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 30, 2015
The Spring edition of the Ombudsman Quarterly Review is now available.
November 27, 2015
The Chief Ombudsman has released an opinion about the refusal of the Ministry of Justice to release information to a journalist about David Bain's claim for compensation for wrongful conviction. Dame Beverley held that a communication concerning deliberations of the jury at David Bain's retrial, and a reference to that communication in a letter, was protected by section 6(c) of the Official Information Act. She further found that the Ministry was entitled to rely on section 9(2)(f)(i), which protects confidential communications with the Governor-General, to withhold Mr Bain's petition for mercy and supporting information. She considered there was sufficient information in the public domain to satisfy any s 9(1) public interest in knowing the essential basis of Mr Bain's petition. You can read the opinion in the Resources & publications/Opinions/Official information opinions tab on our website.
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