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Fairness for all - it's why the Ombudsman exists

Ombudsman New Zealand

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What the Ombudsman can help with

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Government agencies must generally answer official information requests within 20 working days.

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Please note that recent statutory changes to LGOIMA response times haven't been built into this calculator.

For more information about the changes to LGOIMA, please see our guide.

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What the Ombudsman can do – in two minutes

This video explains the role of the New Zealand Ombudsman. Watch this video in Te Reo Māori on YouTube

The Ombudsman helps people deal with central and local government in New Zealand.

We handle complaints about government agencies, seek resolution and carry out investigations and inspections.

We give feedback and guidance to agencies to help them improve, and initiate wider investigations where we see the need.

The Ombudsman is independent from both government and the public.

We have five main jobs:

1. Fair treatment by government agencies. If you think you have been treated badly by a government agency, and you aren’t happy with their response to your complaint, we might be able to help you.

2. Official information requests. You can ask for information from a government agency or a Minister. If you’re unhappy with the response to your information request, you can complain to us.

3. Listening to reports of serious wrongdoing. If you think someone at your workplace (at a public or private organisation) has done something very wrong, you can talk to us. This is called whistleblowing or making a protected disclosure.

4. Monitoring places of detention. We monitor places of detention such as prisons and mental health facilities, to make sure they are looking after people in the right way.

5. Making sure disabled people are treated fairly. We make sure the government is making the rights in the Disability Convention real for disabled people.

You can find out more about what we do on our website: