The Hamilton City Council has apologised to the Ombudsman for providing several wrong and "unnecessarily ambiguous" responses under the Official Information Act.

The Office of the Ombudsman made preliminary inquiries last month when the Herald complained about the city council's lack of transparency after the council gave incorrect answers to three different questions in two different Local Government Official Information Act responses.

The Local Government Official Information Act 1982 gives the public a right to access information held by government bodies and it should be withheld only if there is a good reason for doing so.

The errors in the

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