Dame Beverley Wakem DNZM, CBE | July 22, 2013
The Ombudsman’s Wellington office will be closed again on Tuesday 23 July 2013 in order for our building inspection, structural assessment and an engineering review to be completed after Sunday’s earthquake. We are taking every care to avoid any risk to our staff and the public, and need professional assurance about our building. Wellington staff are asked not to come in to work on Tuesday and should contact their manager if they have any questions or concerns. Our Auckland and Christchurch offices will continue to operate as normal and any phone calls will be re-routed to these offices again tomorrow. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience and understanding. Thank you also to our teams in Auckland and Christchurch for their support and assistance.
Chief Ombudsman | July 22, 2013
The Ombudsman’s Wellington office is closed today in order for building checks to be completed after yesterday’s earthquake. We are taking every care to avoid any risk to our staff and the public, and need professional assurance about our building. Staff have been asked not to come in to work and should contact their manager about any issues concerning them. Our Auckland and Christchurch offices are operating as normal and any phone calls will be re-routed to these offices. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
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.
July 12, 2013
Shortly before he retired on 31 May, Ombudsman David McGee completed an opinion on Pharmac's decision making on applications for a drug subsidy in exceptional circumatances. You can read the Ombudsman's opinion here.
July 1, 2013
30 years ago today, on 1 July 1983, the Official Information Act (OIA) came into force. Described by then Prime Minister The Right Honourable Sir Robert David Muldoon as “A nine day wonder”, the Court of Appeal later said in 1988 that “the permeating importance of the Act is such that it is entitled to be ranked as a constitutional measure”. For more information about the importance of the OIA, read here
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
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