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
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.
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