June 4, 2013
We welcome Professor Ron Paterson, who was sworn in as our new Ombudsman this morning by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon David Carter. You can read more information about Ron here and see a photo of Ron signing his warrant with the Speaker this morning here.
May 31, 2013
Today is Ombudsman David McGee's last day in the Office. He has made a wonderful contribution to the Office in the time he has been here. We wish him all the very best for his retirement and we will miss him.
May 29, 2013
The Ombudsman has released his opinion that it was unreasonable for a Council to note a fencing requirement on various LIMs, without inspection of the properties concerned. You can read the Ombudsman's opinion, and the action taken by the Council to remedy the situation, here.
David McGee | May 23, 2013
The Ombudsman has released his opinion on the decision of a Council to issue a trespass notice banning a member of the public from Council premises. In this opinion, David McGee discusses his view of the Ombudsman's jurisdiction to review whether there has been a lawful exercise of power by a public authority. You can read the Ombudsman's opinion here.
Chief Ombudsman | May 17, 2013
The Office of the Ombudsman's Statement of Intent 2013-2016 has now been released and can be viewed here
May 9, 2013
The United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) has completed its first visit to New Zealand to explore the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty in various New Zealand facilities and the safeguards for their protection against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. More details about the visit and why the SPT was in New Zealand can be viewed here.
Chief Ombudsman finds unreasonable delay in processing urgent residence application by Immigration NZ
Chief Ombudsman Dame Beverley Wakem | April 26, 2013
The Chief Ombudsman has found that Immigration New Zealand acted unreasonably in the manner in which it processed an application for residence. The complainant had fled from his home country and was living in perilous circumstances a refugee camp in Kenya with his wife and young children. He and his family had applied to join his sister who was resident in New Zealand. Read the full story here and Dame Beverley's opinion here
April 1, 2013
The Autumn edition of the Ombudsman Quarterly Review is now available.
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
Ombudsman David McGee | March 18, 2013
The Ombudsman has released his opinion and recommendations on the decision of the Associate Minister of Education to refuse to release the advice he had received relating to the development of partnership (charter) schools policy. You can read the opinion and recommendations here
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