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Ombudsman throws out NBR’s Manaaki complaint

Government agency’s decision not to release damning reports on the advisory firm was correct, Ombudsman says.

Maria Slade Tue, 14 Nov 2023
Key points
  • What's at stake: The Ombudsman has rejected NBR's argument that Callaghan Innovation documents surrounding the Indigo/Manaaki funding row should be released publicly.
  • Background: Indigo/Manaaki was rejected for a $2.1m contract after due diligence reports accused it of inappropriate behaviour towards startups.
  • Main players: We Are Indigo/Manaaki; Callaghan Innovation; the Ombudsman.

Government innovation agency Callaghan Innovation was entitled to withhold two private investigator’s reports claiming a small business advisory firm had bullied startups, the Ombudsman has ruled.

Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has rejected NBR’s complaint that Callaghan should have released the

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Key points
  • What's at stake: The Ombudsman has rejected NBR's argument that Callaghan Innovation documents surrounding the Indigo/Manaaki funding row should be released publicly.
  • Background: Indigo/Manaaki was rejected for a $2.1m contract after due diligence reports accused it of inappropriate behaviour towards startups.
  • Main players: We Are Indigo/Manaaki; Callaghan Innovation; the Ombudsman.
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