June 3, 2015
The Ombudsman has released a new case note about compensation for a passport processing error by Customs. The complainant had incurred costs of $1143 after Customs made a mistake processing his passport, which caused him to miss a flight. He had been offered only $200 in compensation. Customs accepted the Ombudsman's opinion that it should only pay the full costs incurred by the complainant. You can read the case note here.
June 2, 2015
The Chief Ombudsman has released her opinion on a complaint about Crown Law's refusal of a request for information about David Bain's claim for compensation. The case turned on whether the information at issue was "official information" or not. Information held by the Solicitor-General in his capacity as "Law Officer" of the Crown is not "official information" for the purposes of the OIA. You can read the full opinion here.
May 29, 2015
The Autumn edition of the Ombudsman Quarterly review e-newsletter is now available.
May 29, 2015
The Chief Ombudsman has released an opinion about the decision to withhold information relating to Wellington Regional Council's transport rate estimates. Dame Beverley held that certain background calculations used to create estimated Council expenditure on public transport services in the Wellington region were protected by section 7(2)(b)(ii) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act. Release of the material would unreasonably prejudice the commercial position of transport operators as their financial data formed part of the calculations. You can read the Chief Ombudsman's opinion here.
May 28, 2015
The Ombudsman has published a new case note about the withholding of advice provided to Ministers by the Overseas Investment Office. It contains some helpful information about how the Ombudsmen apply the “legal professional privilege” and “free and frank” withholding grounds. It also contains discussion about the public interest in people knowing how government decision-makers are interpreting and applying the law to make decisions that affect them personally. You can read the full case note here.
April 15, 2015
Our OIA and LGOIMA response calculator has now been updated to take account of the Mondayisation of Anzac and Waitangi Days.
April 1, 2015
The Chief Ombudsman is currently undertaking a wide-ranging review of OIA practices in the public sector.
April 1, 2015
Read about changes to the Ombudsmen Act and official information legislation that came into force on 26 March 2015.
March 27, 2015
Changes are being made to our OIA and LGOIMA response calculator to ensure the 'Mondayised' Anzac Day (27 April 2015) is not counted as a 'working day'.
February 28, 2015
The summer edition of the Ombudsman Quarterly Review is now available.
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