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  • Submission of the Chief Ombudsman – Protected Disclosures Act consultation

    Projects, reference & data, Submissions
    The State Services Commission held a public consultation on possible reform of the PDA in 2018. The Chief Ombudsman made a submission, which is now available to read.
  • OIA complaints completed 1 January - 30 June 2018

    Complaints data
    The Chief Ombudsman publishes data on OIA complaints received against Ministers and agencies on a six-monthly basis.
  • OIA complaints received 1 January - 30 June 2018

    Complaints data
    The Chief Ombudsman publishes data on OIA complaints received against Ministers and agencies on a six-monthly basis.
  • Report on an unannounced inspection of Whanganui Prison - 4 September 2018

    OPCAT reports
    The following report has been prepared in my capacity as a National Preventive Mechanism under the Crimes of Torture Act 1989 (COTA). My function under the COTA is to examine and make any recommendations that I consider appropriate to improve the treatment and conditions of detained persons in a number of places of detention, including prisons. This report examines the treatment and conditions of persons detained in Whanganui Prison.
  • OPCAT Annual Report 2016/2017

    OPCAT reports
    This report is the 10th report of the National Preventive Mechanisms. It summarises the activities of the NPMs and CNPM during the period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017.
  • Report on an unannounced follow-up inspection of Christchurch Women's Prison - 4 April 2018

    OPCAT reports
    In 2007, the Ombudsmen were designated one of the National Preventive Mechanisms (NPMs) under the Crimes of Torture Act (COTA), with responsibility for examining and monitoring the general conditions and treatment of detainees in New Zealand prisons.
  • Report on an unannounced inspection of Arohata Upper Prison - 21 March 2018

    OPCAT reports
    The Upper Prison was facing considerable challenges. Resources, infrastructure and staffing were under pressure, which was compounded by the geographical separation from the administrative centre at Tawa. Day-to-day operating systems and arrangements for dealing with women were not fully embedded. Reception and induction processes were poor, and information for foreign prisoners was not available. Significant delays in access to personal property were a source of frustration for many women, reflected in the growing number of complaints and misconducts.
  • OIA complaints completed 1 July - 31 December 2017

    Complaints data
    The Chief Ombudsman publishes data on OIA complaints received against Ministers and agencies on a six-monthly basis.
  • OIA complaints received 1 July - 31 December 2017

    Complaints data
    The Chief Ombudsman publishes data on OIA complaints received against Ministers and agencies on a six-monthly basis.
  • OPCAT Annual Report 2013/2014

    OPCAT reports
    This is the seventh annual report of New Zealand’s National Preventive Mechanism (NPM), a monitoring mechanism established under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
  • Making disability rights real 2012/2013

    Reports, Disability rights reports
    This is the second report of the Independent Monitoring Mechanism of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Available in full and summary form.
  • Submission of the Ombudsman - Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill

    Submissions
    This submission relates to the information management requirements of clause 275B of the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill.
  • Submission of the Ombudsman - Environmental Reporting Bill

    Submissions
    It is in the interests of all New Zealanders to have comprehensive and reliable information available regularly on environmental issues that affect all of us. I do however have significant concerns with one aspect of the bill, namely clause 16, under which the Secretary for the Environment (MFE) and the Government Statistician can veto release of information to be used in an environmental report.