Story: Ombudsmen and officers of Parliament

Code of conduct, 1990

Code of conduct, 1990

As this passage from the 1990 public service code of conduct shows, public servants at that time who disclosed information to which they had access in the course of their work faced the possibility of losing their jobs. This was an effective deterrent to whistleblowing, and the few people who did attempt to disclose wrongdoing in the 1990s were victimised.

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David McGee, 'Ombudsmen and officers of Parliament - Ombudsmen – whistleblowing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 October 2021)

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