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Work to support and develop integrity institutions across the Pacific will be strengthened by a United Nations Resolution affirming the importance of the Ombudsman role, says Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier.
The Inquiries Act 2013 provided a new framework for the conduct of public and government inquiries into matters of public importance.
But there has been some uncertainty about how it interacts with the Official Information Act (OIA).
A case note released today looks into a complaint about Child, Youth and Family, which became Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children, removing a five-day-old child from their autistic mother.
The Independent Monitoring Mechanism (IMM) is writing a report about disabled people’s experiences during the COVID-19 emergency.
Five case notes published today concern complaints about children in care, and how these were resolved.
One of the purposes of the Official Information Act (OIA) is to make official information increasingly available to the NZ public.
The Chief Ombudsman has published a new guide on how to deal with OIA requests for the names and contact details of public sector employees.
This guide answers questions from agencies and requesters about dealing with official information requests during the COVID-19 emergency. It:
The Chief Ombudsman has provided agencies responsible for places of detention with a set of principles to guide them during the COVID-19 pandemic.
OPCAT inspections and visits during COVID-19 pandemic – update and Statement of Principles
The OIA calculator is back online.
Thank you for your patience while we addressed the issues in the previous version.
One of the Chief Ombudsman’s roles is to check on the treatment and conditions of people held in secure facilities – places people can’t leave even if they want to.
Our annual report is now online and it shows what we’ve been doing over the past year to improve how we handle your complaints and protect your rights to request information.
We’re helping with research by the University of Newcastle Australia into the benefits of good complaints handling in public sector organisations.
Changes to the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 (LGOIMA) which came into effect on 21 March 2019 will affect ‘working day’ calculations for LGOIMA.
Last Friday’s attacks in Christchurch have shaken us all to the core.
To the people of Christchurch and to all those who have lost loved ones, my thoughts are with you. Kia kaha.
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