The 5th issue of the Waka Tangata E-news reports the Inaugural Pacific Ombudsman Leadership Forum, which was hosted by New Zealand Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier, with the support of his International Development and Engagement (IDE) Team in Auckland from 25 – 27 February 2020 and attended by delegates from the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
The Waka Tangata further reports about a milestone from the Cook Islands Ombudsman’s Office, which tabled an Annual Report on the numerous objectives it has achieved to Parliament for the first time in over 12 years. It also refers in more details to a recent amendment to the Vanuatu Ombudsman Act in February 2020, which has brought two significant changes: The Ombudsman has now the power to appoint all staff in the office and two additional Deputy Ombudsman positions will be created at the office.
Due to current developments, Issue 5 of the Waka Tangata E-news puts a spotlight on the Ombudsman and the Covid-19 pandemic and includes reports on how the Queensland Ombudsman, the Victorian Ombudsman, the Ombudsman Hong Kong or the Ombudsman of the Solomon Islands work in a Covid-19 environment.
Issue 5 of the Waka Tangata APOR E-news is now available online. Click HERE to read the full newsletter.