Story: Ombudsmen and officers of Parliament



The logos of all three officers of Parliament – the ombudsman, the controller and auditor general, and the parliamentary commissioner for the environment – incorporate their Māori names and the New Zealand coat of arms. The arms represent the government's authority, but officers of Parliament are responsible to Parliament rather than to the government of the day, to ensure their independence.

Using this item

Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

Source: The Office of the Ombudsmen – Nga Kaitiaki Mana Tangata, the Office of the Auditor-General (Te Mana Arotake) and the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

David McGee, 'Ombudsmen and officers of Parliament - Officers of Parliament', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 January 2022)

Story by David McGee, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 20 Jan 2017