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.

Ombudsman asks for response on ‘secret’ coalition document

The Chief Ombudsman has asked Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for a response over the now 33 page coalition document that she has refused to release, despite Winston Peters offering to release it.

NZH:  Ombudsman steps in over unreleased coalition document, asks PM for response

Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has written to Jacinda Ardern in relation to the 33-page coalition document that she has refused to release, asking her to respond within five days.

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

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 has been under pressure from the Opposition to release the 33-page document, which she describes as an unofficial “record of some of our [coalition] conversations”.

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

The document that Ardern has described as a few notes.

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

He said he could not talk about this individual case, but described the general process.

“I set my own timelines as to what’s appropriate. I see the document. I go through it. I form my own view. I then take that provisional view to each side and say, ‘This is what my view is. What do you say in relation to my view?’

“And then I release my decision. It’s very rare that my decision is not complied with.”

Sounds like Ardern is now also under pressure from the Ombudsman.