Ardern ‘will absolutely co-operate with the Ombudsman’

After PM Jacinda Ardern refused to release the 33 page coalition document that Winston Peters had promised to make available a complaint was laid with the Ombudsman. The Ombudsman has read the document and now requested a response from Ardern, who has said she will co-operate with the Ombudsman.

NZH:  Jacinda Ardern ‘will absolutely co-operate with the Ombudsman’ over unreleased coalition document

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters described it as a “document of precision on various areas of policy commitment and development” and “directives to ministers with accountability and media strategies”.

Ardern…describes as an unofficial “record of some of our [coalition] conversations”.

Ardern’s refusal to release the document is now the subject of a complaint to the Office of the Ombudsman.

Peter Boshier told Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon that he had read the document.

“I’ve written to the Prime Minister and my expectation is a five-day time turnaround for a reply.”

Ardern says she will co-operate with the Ombudsman on the issue of whether to release the 33-page coalition document that she has so far refused to release.

Ardern confirmed this afternoon at her post-Cabinet press conference that she had received a letter from Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier regarding the document.

“I am willing and will absolutely co-operate with the Ombudsman.”

She has made that commitment after receiving and presumably reading the letter from the Ombudsman, so presumably knows what she saying she will co-operate with.

5 Comments

  1. NOEL

     /  December 5, 2017

    Easy treated it as a Cabinet Minute and redact the hell out of it like the previous Government.

  2. -D

     /  December 5, 2017

    Winston has completely snookered Jacinda. Whatever the embarrassment is that Jacinda doesn’t want to share will still be there if Winston decides to leak the documents later. Meanwhile he has them in his safe just in case he needs leverage in dealing with Labour.

    The papers probably aren’t actually official documents and may be so ruled…but that doesn’t diminish their usefulness to NZ First.

    • PDB

       /  December 5, 2017

      Didn’t take long for NZL First to unsettle the new govt by throwing highly toxic grenades at Labour in the form of secret agreements and work for the dole schemes.

  3. Blazer

     /  December 5, 2017

    all the Ombudsman requires is a reply…easy to comply.

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