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.
The Chief Ombudsman says the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s advice to government ministers on the Managed Isolation Allocation System did not adequately take into account the very real impact it would have on people’s lives.
Ombudsmen across Australasia and the Pacific gathered last month at Te Whanganui-a-Tara, where Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier co-hosted the Australasian and Pacific Ombudsman Region (APOR) conference and the annual Members’ meeting on 13 and 14 October 2
Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier is proud to present a new documentary, Our first 60 years - the NZ Ombudsman in Aotearoa, to mark this significant milestone in the history of the office in Aotearoa New Zealand.
The Chief Ombudsman says his investigation into Official Information Act practices has identified significant gaps in the way agencies are responding to journalists, training staff and keeping records.
Australian and New Zealand Information Commissioners and Ombudsmen today highlight the importance of government agencies developing robust digital systems that strengthen the community’s access to information.
The Oversight of Oranga Tamariki System and Children and Young People's Commission Bill was passed on 23 August. It will come into effect on 1 July 2023 (unless the Governor-General appoints an earlier date).
The Independent Monitoring Mechanism (IMM) says that disabled people’s human rights will not be fully realised in Aotearoa unless there is a jointly owned and implemented cross government agency approach.
Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier says it is unreasonable that there is no mechanism to reassess funding for community participation programmes for disabled people throughout their life once they have left school.
Police failed to advise a requester of its decision on an Official Information Act (OIA) request as early as it could have because of its practice of advising the Police Minister three working days in advance of decisions on certain requests.
Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has formed an opinion that the public interest did not outweigh reasons to withhold information requested under the Official Information Act from the Ministry of Health about the COVID-19 vaccination programme.