Outreach activities and speaking engagements
One of our goals is to improve public awareness and accessibility of our services. To this end, we undertake a range of outreach work and speaking engagements. This can include attending community events (like the Field Days and Consumer Rights Days), as well as talking to conferences and gatherings about the role of the Ombudsman and how we can help.
Details of upcoming engagements are posted below. You can also contact us if you’re planning an event and you’d like a representative of the Ombudsman to come along.
There are currently no confirmed speaking engagements.
5 December 2012 - The Deputy Ombudsman spoke to delegates at the Student Association Network of New Zealand Conference in Wellington on the complaints the Ombudsmen receive about the tertiary education sector.
28 November 2012 - A member of our policy team presented at the Consumer Rights Day in Tauranga on the role of the Ombudsman and how we can help resolve problems the public may be having with government agencies.
23 November 2012 - The Chief Ombudsman presented to members of the New Zealand Association of Migration and Investment (NZAMI) in Auckland about her Office's new strategic direction as it relates to the immigration sector.
14-16 November 2012 - We hosted the 10th World Conference for the International Ombudsman Institute in Wellington. The Chief Ombudsman spoke on the Experiences of an Ombudsman in adapting the OPCAT model to meet the needs of their own State. The Deputy Ombudsman also delivered a presentation on Insights and experiences from investigating complaints about the actions of public authorities and accessing official information.
6 November 2012 - The Deputy Ombudsman delivered a presentation at the Local Government Committee Advisors' Conference in Wellington on how well the local government sector is managing and processing LGOIMA requests.
9 & 10 August 2012 - The Chief Ombudsman spoke to the 10th Annual Lexis-Nexis Immigration Law Conference in Auckland.
4 August 2012 - The Chief Ombudsman spoke and participated on a panel at the Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand Conference in Wellington.
23 July 2012 - The Chief Ombudsman delivered a lecture to students at the University of Waikato School of Law via teleconference.
14 July 2012 - The Deputy Ombudsman spoke to the School Trustees Association Annual Conference in Wellington.
21 May 2012 - The Deputy Ombudsman delivered a lecture to students of the Otago University Public Law class in Dunedin.
1 & 2 May 2012 - The Chief Ombudsman spoke to the Australia and New Zealand Ombudsman Association (ANZOA) in Melbourne.
23 March 2012 - The Deputy Ombudsman spoke to the New Zealand Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM) in Auckland.
In addition, our staff have also presented at many events including:
- New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays
- Consumer Rights Days
- Civil Rights Society Meetings
- Citizens Advice Bureau Events
- Catholic Women's League Meetings
- Maori Women's Welfare League Meetings
- New Zealand Diversity Forums
- Community Law Centre workshops
- Conferences and training seminars
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