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Appointing an ombudsman

Appointing an ombudsman

As an officer of Parliament, an ombudsman is appointed by unanimous agreement of the Officers of Parliament Committee. This committee includes representatives of all political parties to ensure that appointments have the confidence of Parliament. The same process applies when a chief ombudsman is appointed. The formal letter of appointment comes from the governor-general and is signed by the prime minister. This is Beverley Wakem's letter of appointment as chief ombudsman in 2008.

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David McGee, 'Ombudsmen and officers of Parliament - Officers of Parliament', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 January 2022)

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