Ombudsman to investigate OIA delivery

Chief Ombudsman Beverley Wakem (TVNZ)

The Office of the Ombudsman will investigate how the Official Information Act is used, the NZ Herald reports.

The public watchdog's probe comes in the wake of the Dirty Politics book, which sparked questions into the way in which OIA information was provided to WhaleOil blogger Cameron Slater. 

Chief Ombudsman Dame Beverley Wakem said the issues examined will include government departments having to seek "sign off" from their ministers before releasing information when there was no reason to do so, the report says.

Dame Beverley is reported as saying there was "excessive reference upwards for approval" to release information .

The 30-year-old Official Information Act was intended to increase government accountability.

vyoung@nbr.co.nz


Got a question about this story? Leave it in Comments & Questions below.

This article is tagged with the following keywords. Find out more about MyNBR Tags

NZ Market Snapshot

Forex

Sym Price Change
USD 0.7250 0.0005 0.07%
AUD 0.9630 0.0007 0.07%
EUR 0.6493 -0.0001 -0.02%
GBP 0.5513 -0.0020 -0.36%
HKD 5.6229 0.0045 0.08%
JPY 74.9000 0.3800 0.51%

Commods

Commodity Price Change Time
Gold Index 1307.9 -5.100 2016-08-31T00:
Oil Brent 46.9 -1.840 2016-08-31T00:
Oil Nymex 44.7 -1.630 2016-08-31T00:
Silver Index 18.6 0.040 2016-08-31T00:

Indices

Symbol Open High Last %
NZX 50 7405.6 7405.6 7398.8 -0.29%
NASDAQ 5216.4 5219.9 5223.0 -0.19%
DAX 10627.2 10666.8 10657.6 -0.61%
DJI 18436.7 18439.7 18454.3 -0.29%
FTSE 6820.8 6832.9 6820.8 -0.58%
HKSE 23043.1 23063.2 23016.1 -0.17%
NI225 16857.8 16917.9 16725.4 0.97%
ASX 5478.3 5478.3 5478.3 -0.83%