The International Ombudsman Institute board of directors has elected New Zealand's Chief Ombudsman, Beverley Wakem, to be its next president. Wakem said under her presidency, she would work to see membership of the body extended to some countries not now eligible.
I would like to see more flexibility in our membership rules to allow the Institute to be more inclusive. It would be a positive step actively to assist ombudsmen working in countries where they are not strictly independent of their government, but in all other respects are still acting with rigor to deal with complaints about actions taken by public administrators.
Wakem was the chief executive of Radio New Zealand from 1984 to 1991, and was appointed New Zealand's Ombudsman in 2005 and Chief Ombudsman in 2008. (TVNZ.)