Reprints notes
1 General

This is a reprint of the Ombudsmen Act 1975 that incorporates all the amendments to that Act as at the date of the last amendment to it.

2 Legal status

Reprints are presumed to correctly state, as at the date of the reprint, the law enacted by the principal enactment and by any amendments to that enactment. Section 18 of the Legislation Act 2012 provides that this reprint, published in electronic form, has the status of an official version under section 17 of that Act. A printed version of the reprint produced directly from this official electronic version also has official status.

3 Editorial and format changes

Editorial and format changes to reprints are made using the powers under sections 24 to 26 of the Legislation Act 2012. See also http://www.pco.parliament.govt.nz/editorial-conventions/.

4 Amendments incorporated in this reprint

Ombudsmen (Health New Zealand and Māori Health Authority) Order 2021 (LI 2021/187)

Ombudsmen (Ministry for Ethnic Communities) Order 2021 (LI 2021/79)

Ombudsmen (Strategic Planning Reform Board) Order 2021 (LI 2021/55)

Ombudsmen (Border Executive Board) Order 2020 (LI 2020/306)

Education (Name Change for NZIST) Order 2020 (LI 2020/260): clause 4(2)

Taumata Arowai–the Water Services Regulator Act 2020 (2020 No 52): section 21

Infrastructure Funding and Financing Act 2020 (2020 No 47): section 161

Public Service Act 2020 (2020 No 40): sections 113–116, 135

Education and Training Act 2020 (2020 No 38): section 668

New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute Vesting Act 2020 (2020 No 37): section 17(b)

Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Act 2020 (2020 No 32): section 18

Privacy Act 2020 (2020 No 31): section 217

Greater Christchurch Regeneration Amendment Act 2020 (2020 No 27): section 18(2)

Ombudsmen (Protection of Name) Amendment Act 2020 (2020 No 3)

Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Act 2019 (2019 No 61): section 12

Statutes Amendment Act 2019 (2019 No 56): Part 29

Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Act 2019 (2019 No 54): section 43

New Zealand Infrastructure Commission/Te Waihanga Act 2019 (2019 No 51): section 27

Kāinga Ora–Homes and Communities Act 2019 (2019 No 50): section 33

Trusts Act 2019 (2019 No 38): section 161

Education Amendment Act 2018 (2018 No 40): section 24

Education (Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand) Amendment Act 2018 (2018 No 35): section 12

Ombudsmen Act (Schedule 1—Ministry of Housing and Urban Development) Order 2018 (LI 2018/106)

Families Commission Act Repeal Act 2018 (2018 No 10): section 11

Ombudsmen Act (Schedule 1—Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children) Order 2017 (LI 2017/301)

Ombudsmen Act (Schedule 1—Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau mā Iwa—Pike River Recovery Agency) Order 2017 (LI 2017/293)

Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 (2017 No 20): section 161(2)

Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017 (2017 No 17): section 197

Intelligence and Security Act 2017 (2017 No 10): section 335

Te Ture mō Te Reo Māori 2016/Māori Language Act 2016 (2016 No 17): section 50

Ombudsmen Act (Schedule 1—Ministry for Women) Order 2015 (LI 2015/247)

Ombudsmen Act (Schedule 1—Ministry for Pacific Peoples) Order 2015 (LI 2015/246)

Standards and Accreditation Act 2015 (2015 No 91): section 45

Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015 (2015 No 63): section 28

Ombudsmen Amendment Act 2015 (2015 No 30)

Education Amendment Act 2015 (2015 No 1): section 44

Ombudsmen Act (Schedule 1—Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority) Order 2014 (LI 2014/373)

Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Act 2014 (2014 No 55): section 78

Te Urewera Act 2014 (2014 No 51): section 138

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014 (2014 No 26): section 107

Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa Act 2014 (2014 No 1): section 27

Social Welfare (Transitional Provisions) Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 132): section 27

Companies Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 111): section 14

Game Animal Council Act 2013 (2013 No 98): section 41(2)

WorkSafe New Zealand Act 2013 (2013 No 94): section 22

Financial Markets (Repeals and Amendments) Act 2013 (2013 No 70): section 150

Ombudsmen Act (Schedule 1—Crown Irrigation Investments Limited) Order 2013 (SR 2013/291)

Psychoactive Substances Act 2013 (2013 No 53): section 110(1)

Public Finance Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 50): section 57

Legislation Act 2012 (2012 No 119): section 77(3)

Callaghan Innovation Act 2012 (2012 No 94): section 21

State-Owned Enterprises (KiwiRail Holdings Limited) Order 2012 (SR 2012/346): clause 4

Ombudsmen Act (Schedule 1—The Network for Learning Limited) Order 2012 (SR 2012/223)

Biosecurity Law Reform Act 2012 (2012 No 73): section 89

Ombudsmen Act (Schedule 1—Tāmaki Redevelopment Company Limited) Order 2012 (SR 2012/251)

State-Owned Enterprises Amendment Act 2012 (2012 No 44): section 6

Charities Amendment Act (No 2) 2012 (2012 No 43): section 16(2)

Mental Health Commission Amendment Act 2012 (2012 No 42): section 7(2)

New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Act 2012 (2012 No 41): sections 26, 34

Ombudsmen Act (Schedule 1—Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment) Order 2012 (SR 2012/90)

Ombudsmen Act (Schedule 1—Ministry for Primary Industries) Order 2012 (SR 2012/56)

National Animal Identification and Tracing Act 2012 (2012 No 2): section 75

Criminal Procedure Act 2011 (2011 No 81): section 413

Education Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 66): section 49

Financial Reporting Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 22): section 12

Environmental Protection Authority Act 2011 (2011 No 14): section 53(1)

Ombudsmen Act (Schedule 1—Ministry of Fisheries) Order 2011 (SR 2011/137)

Financial Markets Authority Act 2011 (2011 No 5): section 82

Legal Services Act 2011 (2011 No 4): section 144

New Zealand Productivity Commission Act 2010 (2010 No 136): section 16

Public Records Amendment Act (No 2) 2010 (2010 No 133): section 19

National Library of New Zealand (Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa) Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 132): section 18

Research, Science, and Technology Act 2010 (2010 No 131): section 18

New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 118): section 30(2)

Electricity Industry Act 2010 (2010 No 116): section 166

Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Act 2010 (2010 No 115): section 121(1)

Local Government (Auckland Transitional Provisions) Act 2010 (2010 No 37): section 113(1)

Ombudsmen Act (Schedule 1—New Zealand Food Safety Authority) Order 2010 (SR 2010/92)

Ombudsmen Act (Schedule 1) Order 2009 (SR 2009/354)

Māori Trustee Amendment Act 2009 (2009 No 12): section 30(1), (2)(b)

Walking Access Act 2008 (2008 No 101): section 82

Policing Act 2008 (2008 No 72): section 116(a)(ii)

Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 47): section 50(1)

New Zealand Geographic Board (Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa) Act 2008 (2008 No 30): section 38

State-Owned Enterprises (AsureQuality Limited) Order 2007 (SR 2007/330): clause 4

Health (Drinking Water) Amendment Act 2007 (2007 No 92): section 19

State-Owned Enterprises (Asure New Zealand Limited) Order 2007 (SR 2007/273): clause 3

Independent Police Conduct Authority Amendment Act 2007 (2007 No 38): section 26

Ombudsmen Act (Schedule 1) Order (No 2) 2007 (SR 2007/191)

Ombudsmen Act (Schedule 1) Order 2007 (SR 2007/164)

State-Owned Enterprises (Kordia Group Limited) Order 2007 (SR 2007/17): clause 4

Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Act 2006 (2006 No 74): section 185

Crimes of Torture Amendment Act 2006 (2006 No 68): section 13

Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Act 2006 (2006 No 60): section 64(2)

Sports Anti-Doping Act 2006 (2006 No 58): section 61

Ombudsmen Act (Schedule 1) Order (No 3) 2006 (SR 2006/322)

Ombudsmen Act (Schedule 1) Order (No 2) 2006 (SR 2006/129)

Ombudsmen Act (Schedule 1) Order 2006 (SR 2006/95)

Ombudsmen Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 109)

Patriotic and Canteen Funds Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 65): section 21

New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 63): section 5(2)

Registered Architects Act 2005 (2005 No 38): section 82(1)

State-Owned Enterprises Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 116): section 5

Crown Entities Act 2004 (2004 No 115): section 131

Maritime Transport Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 98): section 11(3)

Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 97): section 19(1)

Electricity Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 80): section 24(1)

Ombudsmen (Schedule 1) Order 2004 (SR 2004/351)

Building Act 2004 (2004 No 72): section 414

Local Government (Auckland) Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 57): section 47

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Act 2004 (2004 No 20): section 36

Education (Disestablishment of Early Childhood Development Board) Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 14): section 7(b)

State-Owned Enterprises (AgriQuality Limited) Order 2004 (SR 2004/87): clause 4

Children’s Commissioner Act 2003 (2003 No 121): section 37

Ombudsmen Amendment Act 2003 (2003 No 91)

Business Development Boards Act Repeal Act 2003 (2003 No 64): section 4(1)

Gambling Act 2003 (2003 No 51): section 374

State Sector Amendment Act 2003 (2003 No 41): section 12(1), (2)

New Zealand Trade and Enterprises Act 2003 (2003 No 27): section 84

Māori Television Service (Te Aratuku Whakaata Irirangi Māori) Act 2003 (2003 No 21): section 57

Social Workers Registration Act 2003 (2003 No 17): section 149

Local Government Act 2002 (2002 No 84): section 262

Remuneration Authority (Members of Parliament) Amendment Act 2002 (2002 No 54): section 4(1)

Education (Tertiary Reform) Amendment Act 2002 (2002 No 50): section 59

Sport and Recreation New Zealand Act 2002 (2002 No 38): section 62

Ombudsmen (First Schedule) Order 2002 (SR 2002/385)

Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002 (2002 No 33): section 117

Chartered Professional Engineers of New Zealand Act 2002 (2002 No 17): section 69(1)

Public Trust Act 2001 (2001 No 100): section 170(1)

Human Rights Amendment Act 2001 (2001 No 96): section 70(1)

Education Standards Act 2001 (2001 No 88): sections 83, 94(b)

New Zealand Superannuation and Retirement Income Act 2001 (2001 No 84): section 74

Government Superannuation Fund Amendment Act 2001 (2001 No 47): section 36

Housing Corporation Amendment Act 2001 (2001 No 37): section 24(1)

Public Audit Act 2001 (2001 No 10): section 53

State-Owned Enterprises (Landcorp Farming Limited) Order 2001 (SR 2001/23): clause 4

New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000 (2000 No 91): section 111(1)

Legal Services Act 2000 (2000 No 42): section 128

Archives, Culture, and Heritage Reform Act 2000 (2000 No 32): section 12

Ministry of Economic Development Act 2000 (2000 No 28): section 8(1)

Parliamentary Service Act 2000 (2000 No 17): section 36

Education (Change of Name of Education Entities) Order 2000 (SR 2000/117): clause 4(1)

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act 2000 (2000 No 14): section 40

Museum of Transport and Technology Act 2000 (2000 No 1 (P)): section 28(1)

Animal Welfare Act 1999 (1999 No 142): section 195

Children’s Health Camps Board Dissolution Act 1999 (1999 No 141): section 7

State-Owned Enterprises (Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited and Vehicle Testing New Zealand Limited) Amendment Act 1999 (1999 No 65): section 4(7)

Ombudsmen Amendment Act 1999 (1999 No 44)

State-Owned Enterprises (Mighty River Power Limited) Order 1999 (SR 1999/102): clause 3

State-Owned Enterprises (Meridian Energy Limited) Order 1999 (SR 1999/101): clause 3

Accident Insurance Act 1998 (1998 No 114): section 415(1)

State-Owned Enterprises (Contact Energy Limited) Amendment Act 1998 (1998 No 99): section 3(7)

Local Government Amendment Act 1998 (1998 No 89): section 11(1)

Health Amendment Act 1998 (1998 No 86): section 10

Health and Disability Services Amendment Act 1998 (1998 No 74): section 5(4)

Valuation Department (Restructuring) Act 1998 (1998 No 70): section 14(1)(a)

Ministries of Agriculture and Forestry (Restructuring) Act 1997 (1997 No 100): section 4

State-Owned Enterprises (Transpower New Zealand Limited) Order 1997 (SR 1997/299): clause 3(1)

State-Owned Enterprises (Solid Energy New Zealand Limited) Order 1997 (SR 1997/277): clause 3

Ombudsmen Amendment Act 1997 (1997 No 72)

Ombudsmen Amendment Act 1996 (1996 No 137)

Auckland War Memorial Museum Act 1996 (1996 No 4 (L)): section 32(1)

Survey Amendment Act 1996 (1996 No 55): section 5

Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1996 (1996 No 47): sections 30, 31

Marlborough Forestry Corporation Act Repeal Act 1996 (1996 No 2 (L)): section 11(2)

New Zealand Antarctic Institute Act 1996 (1996 No 38): section 18

Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 (1996 No 30): section 149

Customs and Excise Act 1996 (1996 No 27): section 289(1)

State-Owned Enterprises (Crown Forestry Management Limited) Order 1996 (SR 1996/122): clause 3

Dog Control Act 1996 (1996 No 13): section 79

Health and Disability Services Amendment Act 1995 (1995 No 84): section 3(3)

Radio New Zealand Act (No 2) 1995 (1995 No 53): section 2

Radio New Zealand Act 1995 (1995 No 52): section 20

Chatham Islands Council Act 1995 (1995 No 41): section 32(1)

Department of Justice (Restructuring) Act 1995 (1995 No 39): sections 5(2), 6(3), 10(3)

Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (Restructuring) Act 1995 (1995 No 31): section 5

Government Superannuation Fund Amendment Act 1995 (1995 No 28): section 31

Statistics Amendment Act 1994 (1994 No 159): section 2(5)

Health and Disability Commissioner Act 1994 (1994 No 88): section 76

Finance Act 1994 (1994 No 73): section 6(1)

Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa Act 1994 (1994 No 19): section 34(1)

Company Law Reform (Transitional Provisions) Act 1994 (1994 No 16): section 2

Ombudsmen Act First Schedule Order 1993 (SR 1993/421)

Retirement Income Act 1993 (1993 No 148): section 20

Southland Electricity Act 1993 (1993 No 147): section 32

Biosecurity Act 1993 (1993 No 95): section 168(1)

Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993 (1993 No 94): section 150(1)

Electoral Act 1993 (1993 No 87): section 282

Earthquake Commission Act 1993 (1993 No 84): section 38

Human Rights Act 1993 (1993 No 82): section 145

Broadcasting Amendment Act 1993 (1993 No 69): section 23

Education Amendment Act 1993 (1993 No 51): sections 21(4), 28

Foreign Affairs Amendment Act 1993 (1993 No 48): section 6(1)

Wildlife Amendment Act 1993 (1993 No 39): section 6

Historic Places Act 1993 (1993 No 38): section 118(2)

Ombudsmen Amendment Act 1993 (1993 No 34)

Health Sector (Transfers) Act 1993 (1993 No 23): section 30(2), (4)

Higher Salaries Commission Amendment Act (No 2) 1992 (1992 No 130): section 4

Defamation Act 1992 (1992 No 105): section 56(1)

Union Representatives Education Leave Act Repeal Act 1992 (1992 No 102): section 12

Selwyn Plantation Board Empowering Act 1992 (1992 No 4 (L)): section 20(2), (5)

Civil Aviation Amendment Act 1992 (1992 No 75): section 39

State-Owned Enterprises Order 1992 (SR 1992/181): clause 3

Energy Companies Act 1992 (1992 No 56): sections 79(2), 96(1)

Crown Research Institutes Act 1992 (1992 No 47): sections 46(1), 48(2)

Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992 (1992 No 46): section 137(1)

Transport Services Licensing Amendment Act 1992 (1992 No 28): section 2(3)

Ombudsmen Amendment Act 1992 (1992 No 25)

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Act 1992 (1992 No 19): section 36

Sport, Fitness, and Leisure Amendment Act 1992 (1992 No 18): section 4(4)

Ministry of Maori Development Act 1991 (1991 No 145): section 9(1)

Ombudsmen Amendment Act 1991 (1991 No 121)

New Zealand Tourism Board Act 1991 (1991 No 110): section 18(2)

Finance Act 1991 (1991 No 93): sections 5, 11(1), 18, 24

Local Government Amendment Act 1991 (1991 No 49): section 25(1), (2), (4)

Maori Language Amendment Act 1991 (1991 No 40): section 2(6)

Transport Accident Investigation Commission Act 1990 (1990 No 99): section 16

New Zealand Tourism Department Amendment Act 1990 (1990 No 87): section 3(2)

America’s Cup (Planning) Act Repeal Act 1990 (1990 No 76): section 2(2)

Education Amendment Act 1990 (1990 No 60): section 50(1), (4)

State-Owned Enterprises Amendment Act (No 2) 1990 (1990 No 49): section 4(1)

State Insurance Act 1990 (1990 No 36): section 21(2)

Conservation Law Reform Act 1990 (1990 No 31): section 37

Social Welfare (Transitional Provisions) Act 1990 (1990 No 26): section 40(b)

Finance Act 1990 (1990 No 20): section 6

Tower Corporation Act 1990 (1990 No 2 (P)): section 31(3)

Ombudsmen Act First Schedule Order 1989 (SR 1989/406)

Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 (1989 No 142): section 30

Energy (Fuels, Levies, and References) Act 1989 (1989 No 140): section 3(3)

Survey Amendment Act (No 3) 1989 (1989 No 139): section 6

Police Amendment Act 1989 (1989 No 138): section 18

Rural Banking and Finance Corporation of New Zealand Act 1989 (1989 No 81): section 21(1)

Education Act 1989 (1989 No 80): sections 142(2), 143(1)

Government Roading Powers Act 1989 (1989 No 75): section 116(1), (4)

Maori Affairs Restructuring Act 1989 (1989 No 68): section 10

Waterfront Industry Restructuring Act 1989 (1989 No 66): section 51(d)

Public Finance Act 1989 (1989 No 44): section 86(1)

Broadcasting Act 1989 (1989 No 25): section 88

School Trustees Act 1989 (1989 No 3): section 24(3)(a)

Ombudsmen Amendment Act (No 2) 1988 (1988 No 205)

Post Office Bank Amendment Act 1988 (1988 No 173): section 4

New Zealand 1990 Commission Act 1988 (1988 No 168): section 15

State-Owned Enterprises Amendment Act (No 4) 1988 (1988 No 162): section 9

Foreign Affairs Act 1988 (1988 No 159): section 14(1)

Trade and Industry Act Repeal Act 1988 (1988 No 156): section 4(1)

Finance Act (No 2) 1988 (1988 No 128): sections 16, 19(2), 22

Ombudsmen Amendment Act 1988 (1988 No 77)

State Sector Act 1988 (1988 No 20): section 90(a), (d)

Independent Police Conduct Authority Act 1988 (1988 No 2): section 39(1)

Finance Act 1987 (1987 No 200): section 2(1)(e)

Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 (1987 No 174): section 57(1)

New Zealand Horticulture Export Authority Act 1987 (1987 No 93): section 64(4)

Gaming and Lotteries Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 76): section 12

Sport, Fitness, and Leisure Act 1987 (1987 No 13): section 40(1)(f)

Official Information Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 8): section 24(1)–(3)

Patriotic and Canteen Funds Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 4): section 5(3)

State-Owned Enterprises Act 1986 (1986 No 124): section 32(1)

Constitution Act 1986 (1986 No 114): section 27

State Services Amendment Act (No 2) 1985 (1985 No 197): section 7(1), (3), (4)

Auckland Aotea Centre Empowering Act 1985 (1985 No 9 (L)): section 19(7)

Higher Salaries Commission Amendment Act (No 2) 1985 (1985 No 135): section 9(2)

Parliamentary Service Act 1985 (1985 No 128): section 67(2)

Auckland Harbour Bridge Authority Dissolution Act 1983 (1983 No 153): section 17(1)

Soil Conservation and Rivers Control Amendment Act 1983 (1983 No 152): section 2(3)

Water and Soil Conservation Amendment Act 1983 (1983 No 151): section 2(4)

New Zealand Forestry Council Act 1983 (1983 No 137): section 34(1)

Government Life Insurance Corporation Act 1983 (1983 No 15): section 32(4)(a)

Accident Compensation Act 1982 (1982 No 181): section 122(8)

Ombudsmen Amendment Act (No 2) 1982 (1982 No 164)

Ombudsmen Amendment Act 1982 (1982 No 89)

New Zealand Railways Corporation Act 1981 (1981 No 119): section 120(3)

Medicines Act 1981 (1981 No 118): section 113

Urban Transport Act 1980 (1980 No 156): section 52(7)

National Parks Act 1980 (1980 No 66): sections 72(1), 80(1)

Judicature Amendment Act 1979 (1979 No 124): section 12

Greytown District Trust Lands Act 1979 (1979 No 4 (L)): section 38

Ministry of Energy Act 1977 (1977 No 33): section 26

Government Superannuation Fund Amendment Act 1976 (1976 No 30): section 3(3)

Ombudsmen Act Commencement Order 1975 (SR 1975/260)