July 4, 2016
Chief Ombudsman Judge Peter Boshier has published a new case note setting out the reasons for his findings that expenses claimed by Ministers for surface travel is 'official information', regardless whether the purpose of the travel was official or private. The Chief Ombudsman did not consider that such information was subject to an obligation of confidence and, further, noted that the public interest in release of the information was strong, sufficient to outweigh reasons for withholding. Read full story.
June 30, 2016
Ombudsman Ron Paterson has today published his opinion on an Official Information Act request to five DHBs for surgical complications data. He recommended that some information be released, and that the Ministry of Health and Health Quality & Safety Commission provide regular annual updates starting in June 2017, on progress towards publication of meaningful surgical outcomes data by June 2021.
June 30, 2016
The Chief Ombudsman's Strategic Intentions document for 2016-2020 has now been released. Read more here.
June 29, 2016
Event: Launch of the National Youth in Custody Index
Presenter: Chief Ombudsman Judge Peter Boshier
Date: 29 June 2016
June 29, 2016
Chief Ombudsman Judge Peter Boshier formed the opinion that the public interest required release of certain information relating to contributions made by Mr David Bain to his legal aid, notwithstanding the fact that such information is generally regarded as private and subject to an obligation of confidence. Read full story.
New Case Note - Overseas Investment Office consent application decision summaries: investment in sensitive NZ assets
June 28, 2016
Ombudsman Ron Paterson has released a Case Note summarising the outcome of his investigation of multiple complaints by the Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA) against the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) concerning information it had withheld from its published summaries of its decisions on consent applications for foreign investment. As a result the Ombudsman's investigations, both CAFCA and the OIO agreed to modify their processes when requesting or making a decision as to whether to withhold material from the published versions of the summaries. The OIO revised its decision and released much of the previously withheld material. Where its decision remain unchanged, the Ombudsman formed the opinion that good reason existed to continue to withhold the material under the Official Information Act. Read more here.
June 27, 2016
Ombudsman Ron Paterson has released a new Case Note on a complaint about the decision by Police to refuse a request for information linking the last bar a person had been drinking at before being arrested (the 'Alco-link survey'). The Ombudsman considered that the need to withhold the information to prevent prejudice to the commercial position of the bars in question was outweighed by the public interest in release.
June 24, 2016
The Ombudsman has published a new guide on charging for official information. It uses real life case studies to explain when it is reasonable to charge and how to charge. It also has practical resources including a step-by-step worksheet, a template charging letter, and a sample estimate of costs.
June 21, 2016
Ombudsman Ron Paterson has today published his opinion on an investigation into a complaint by Derek Leask, a former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, about the State Services Commission's inquiry into leaked MFAT documents, undertaken by Paula Rebstock on behalf of Commissioner Iain Rennie. He finds that SSC acted unreasonably in the conduct of the inquiry and in the findings it made about Mr Leask, who was not responsible for the leaks.
June 20, 2016
In May 2016, the Chief Inspector of the Ombudsman's Crimes of Torture Act Team, Jacki Jones, was interviewed on the New Zealand Human Rights Commission's radio show "Speak Up" - "Kōrerotia".
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