June 13, 2016
New opinion published today on a request for information about complaints received by HDC against a health practitioner
June 10, 2016
New opinion published today on a complaint about a prisoner’s right to exercise at Auckland Prison.
June 1, 2016
The Ministry of Transport initially consulted stakeholders on changes to the Small Passenger Services Sector (SPSSR) in April 2015, receiving 11 submissions. A second public consultation was held between November 2015 and February 2016, to which 76 submissions were received. The Office of the Ombudsman as part of its role in monitoring the implementation of the Disability Convention in New Zealand submitted a response to the second consultation. You can read the submission here.
May 31, 2016
Please be aware that our Office experienced a telephone outage on 30 May 2016. This issue has now been resolved and we sincerely regret any inconvenience it may have caused.
May 31, 2016
The Autumn edition of the Ombudsman Quarterly Review is now available.
May 27, 2016
The Ombudsman has published a new guide on the public interest test in section 9(1) of the OIA and section 7(1) of the LGOIMA
May 26, 2016
As part of its role in monitoring New Zealand's implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Office of the Ombudsman submitted a response to the discussion document in favour of New Zealand acceding to the Marrakesh Treaty. You can read the submission here.
May 4, 2016
We have today published a media release on a decision by the Department of Corrections to undertake a case review of the management of a prisoner at Auckland’s maximum security prison.
April 21, 2016
Ombudsman Ron Paterson has today published a case note about an investigation into a decision by a DHB to invoice a patient approximately $100,000, without notice, for elective surgery he had received. The patient was ineligible for public funding for the surgery, as his lawful immigration status had lapsed without his knowledge. The Ombudsman discontinued the investigation after the DHB waived the charge, apologised to the patient, and agreed to strengthen its processes to ensure ineligible patients are not provided with elective surgery.
April 19, 2016
We have today published an opinion by the former Chief Ombudsman on an investigation into the refusal by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) to release information concerning the peer review by the Bureau of Meteorology (Australia) of a NIWA report on temperature trends in New Zealand. The information was appropriately withheld under section 9(2)(ba)(i), due to an obligation of confidence arising under a convention that scientific peer reviews are conducted confidentially.
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