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
New Ombudsman opinion released about notices issued by the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board
Ombudsman David McGee | March 15, 2013
The Ombudsman has released his final opinion and recommendations arising from an investigation into complaints he received about a disciplinary levy, continuing professional development, licensing conditions and refusal of licensing for non-payment of fee or levy by the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board. You can read the opinion here
Chief Ombudsman | March 12, 2013
A remedy has been offered by Immigration New Zealand following an investigation into how immigration officers dealt with permit requests made under s 35A of the Immigration Act 1987 between 15 November 2004 and 31 March 2005 by people who were unlawfully in New Zealand and who wished eventually to apply for residence under the residual places policies. Details of the remedy, and how to access it, can be viewed here. These details are also available in Fijian, Fijian Hindi, Kiribati, Samoan, Tongan and Tuvaluan.
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
March 1, 2013
The Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act (LGOIMA) commenced operation in New Zealand 25 years ago today. For more information about the importance of this birthday read here.
February 22, 2013
The Chief Ombudsman’s submission on the Prisoners' and Victims’ Claims (Continuation and Reform) Amendment Bill is now available on our website. In the submission, Dame Beverley expresses concern that the Bill provides neither a suitable way to compensate victims of crime nor a suitable way to prevent abuse or mistreatment of prisoners in accordance with New Zealand’s international obligations. You can read Dame Beverley’s submission here. You can also view a report on Dame Beverley’s meeting with Parliament’s Justice and Electoral Select committee about her submission here
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