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Making Disability Rights Real

This webinar covers the background, role and function of New Zealand’s Independent Monitoring Mechanism (IMM), and how the Chief Ombudsman practically undertakes his work to protect and monitor the rights of disabled New Zealanders. The webinar discusses the New Zealand IMM  report “Making Disability Rights Real”, which was published in 2020. 

Making Disability Rights Real in a Pandemic

This webinar covers how COVID-19 affected disability communities in New Zealand, and the New Zealand Independent Monitoring Mechanism (IMM) report "Making Disability Rights Real in a Pandemic"

The webinar features Chrissie Cowan, CEO of Kāpō Māori Aotearoa New Zealand, who speaks about Tāngata Whaikaha Māori (disabled Māori) experiences of the pandemic, including an outline about why Ombudsman institutions can, and should, include disabled people’s voices (in particular indigenous people’s voices), in their monitoring under the Disability Convention.

Prison Inspection Processes Under the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT)


This webinar presents the basics of how the New Zealand Office of the Ombudsman undertakes inspections of prisons under the Optional Protocol to The Convention Against Torture (OPCAT). The example of the visit to the Auckland Prison is used to detail the practical steps inspectors undertake during prison inspections, and how the reporting is completed after a visit. 

Data and the Ombudsman


This training video provides an overview of what data is, how data is used by the New Zealand public sector, along with the Ombudsman's journey with data. 

A discussion with Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier and Victorian Ombudsman Deborah Glass on the United Nations Resolution on the Role of the Ombudsman 


This webinar features the New Zealand Chief Ombudsman and the Victorian Ombudsman (Australia) discussing the United Nations Resolution on the Role of the Ombudsman 2020 (The Resolution). The Resolution provides an important advocacy tool for Ombudsmen to draw on to highlight their importance and role in a country. 


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