Chief Ombudsman concerned about proposal to reduce transparency and accountability in partnership schools
February 13, 2013
The Chief Ombudsman’s submission to the Science and Education Select Committee on proposal in the Education Amendment Bill that "The Ombudsmen Act 1975 and Official Information Act 1982 do not apply to a sponsor of a partnership school kura hourua" is now available on our website. You can read it here
February 8, 2013
The Ombudsman has released his opinion on the decision of the Minister for Economic Development to refuse requesters access to official information regarding the production of The Hobbit and film production generally in New Zealand. You can read the opinion here
Chief Ombudsman recommends regular and proactive disclosure of information about Ministerial conflicts of interest
Chief Ombudsman | January 31, 2013
The Prime Minister and Cabinet have approved a system of regular and proactive publication of information about the management of Ministerial conflicts of interest from 30 September 2013 as a result of the Chief Ombudsman’s investigation into the Cabinet Office’s refusal of a series of requests for such information. The Ombudsmen will have a monitoring and audit role to ensure the information that is released is a fair summary of the fuller details recorded by the Cabinet Office.
David McGee | January 24, 2013
The Ombudsman has released his opinion on a complaint by the Sunday Star Times for access to the identities of members of the public making submissions and PHARMAC staff involved in decision making on funding the blood-thinning drug dabigatran (Pradaxa). You can read his opinion here
January 8, 2013
Start 2013 on the right foot! Now is a good time to read the Summer edition of our OQR e-newsletter and use our online OIA & LGOIMA response time calculator. Read more about how the holiday period affects the working day count for official information decisions here.
December 21, 2012
The Summer edition of the Ombudsman's Quarterly Review is now available.
December 18, 2012
Ombudsman Dr David McGee has found the Ministry of Education acted wrongly in its handling of requests for official information about Christchurch school closures.
December 12, 2012
The Speaker announced today the appointment of a new Ombudsman who will be joining us in 2013.
December 10, 2012
The 2011/12 joint annual report of the independent agencies appointed to monitor places of detention in New Zealand under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) has been presented to Parliament.
December 4, 2012
Read the Dominion Post article on yesterday's launch of the first annual report of the independent agencies monitoring the Disabilities Convention.
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