The United Nations Committee against Torture has called on the New Zealand Government to reduce the disproportionately high number of Māori in prisons and to improve the conditions of people in detention, noting that transformational change is needed.
The Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has published a document setting out his expectations for the conditions and treatment of people in prisons, or otherwise in the custody of the Ara Poutama Aotearoa – Department of Corrections.
The Chief Ombudsman, Peter Boshier, travelled to regions affected by recent extreme weather events. He wanted to learn about the issues facing communities and grow awareness of services provided by the Ombudsman.
The Office of the Ombudsman has commissioned a series of videos explaining the OIA and providing advice and guidance for in those in Deaf community using the Act to seek information from government agencies.
In the second half of 2022, the Chief Ombudsman dealt with three separate complaints concerning delays by the Minister for Māori Development in responding to requests for official information under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA).
The Chief Ombudsman has published a case note on an investigation about the COVID-19 Minister’s refusal to give the New Zealand Council of Civil Liberties information about vaccination certificates for domestic use.
The Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier is leading a series of targeted engagements in some of the regions hit hardest by New Zealand’s biggest and most widespread series of extreme weather events in recent history.
Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier is recommending that the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment apologises to two seafarers over the advice it gave the COVID-19 Response Minister during the pandemic.
Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier, together with his Independent Monitoring Mechanism partners, has published an updated version of the ‘Reasonable accommodation of persons with disabilities in New Zealand’ guide with the new title - ‘Removing barriers: A guide for reasonable accommodation of disabled people in Aotearoa’.
New Zealand’s reputation as a country mostly free from corruption in its public service and judiciary has been reaffirmed in the 2022 Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index, Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier says.