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See the latest news and announcements. 

  • Chief Ombudsman welcomes top transparency rating

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    New Zealand is again ranked first equal with Denmark in the Transparency International annual index of perceived levels of public sector corruption.

  • Disability rights report highlights challenges under lockdown

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    A new report from New Zealand’s Independent Monitoring Mechanism (IMM) highlights the realities and challenges disabled people faced during the COVID-19 emergency. 

  • New complaints handling research announced

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    We’re helping with research by the University of Newcastle Australia into the benefits of good complaints handling in public sector organisations.

  • Hawke’s Bay prisoners’ conditions and treatment improving

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    The Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier says Hawke’s Bay Regional Prison has made significant progress towards improving prisoners’ safety but has been slow to improve conditions for remand and at risk prisoners.
  • Awareness of whistleblowing legislation alarmingly low

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    Public awareness of the Protected Disclosures Act (PDA) is very low, according to research undertaken on behalf of the Ombudsman.

  • New guides – Commercial withholding grounds and consulting third parties

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    The Chief Ombudsman has published a new tranche of guidance on the OIA. There are two new guides on the commercial and negotiations withholding grounds and one guide on how the OIA applies to information about public tender processes.

  • Chief Ombudsman welcomes new Oranga Tamariki role

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    Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier is welcoming the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of children and young people within the state care and youth justice system.

  • PrivacyLive lunchtime forum

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    A lively panel discussion on Right to Know Day, Thursday 28 September, will highlight New Zealanders' rights to access government information and personal information about themselves.
  • New Zealand and Australia unite for Right to Know

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    Right to Know Day on 28 September highlights your right to access personal and official information.
  • Chief Ombudsman releases report on government OIA practices

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    The Chief Ombudsman, Dame Beverley Wakem, released a report today on her investigation into the practices adopted by central government agencies for complying with the OIA.
  • Review of OIA practices announced

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    On 17 December 2014, the Chief Ombudsman commenced a wide-ranging review of Official Information Act (OIA) practices in the public sector.