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Ombudsman releases first LGOIMA investigation report

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Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has published the results of his first investigation into how our local authorities are working with the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act (LGOIMA).

The report LGOIMA compliance and practice in Horowhenua District Council examines the Council’s processes for managing LGOIMA requests, council meetings, and Land Information Memorandum (LIM) reports, identifies what’s working well, and makes suggestions for improvement.

“Access to information about a council’s actions and decisions is a cornerstone of local democracy,” says Mr Boshier.

“I have already published four reports examining official information practice in selected central government agencies. It’s also important that I examine how well LGOIMA is being applied by local authorities.

“Horowhenua District Council was ‘first off the block’ for my local authority investigations, and I’d like to thank all the staff and elected members for their constructive and helpful engagement”, Mr Boshier says.

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