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Controller and Auditor-General

The work of the Controller and Auditor-General is carried out by the Office of the Auditor-General, Audit New Zealand, and private sector auditing firms. Audit New Zealand is a stand-alone business unit with its own website.

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Apr 2014
This report discusses the results of our 2012/13 audits of central government agencies – public entities in the central (rather than local) government sector. They include: government departments (and their subsidiaries); Crown entities (and their subsidiaries); companies that are partly owned by the Crown and partly in private ownership (called "mixed ownership model" companies);...
Completed
Mar 2014
In November 2012, I announced that my Office would carry out an inquiry into property investments by Delta Utility Services Limited (Delta), a council-controlled trading organisation of Dunedin City Council (the Council). The property investments were at Luggate, near Wanaka, in mid-2008, and Jacks Point, near Queenstown, in mid-2009. The Mayor of Dunedin asked for the inquiry. I was aware...
Completed
Feb 2014
The work of my Office has been focused on the theme of Our future needs: is the public sector ready? This report focuses on the ability of Crown-owned companies' governance systems to support "future thinking" and to realise and adjust strategies accordingly. It has been more than 25 years since New Zealand's State-owned enterprise model for governing and delivering certain public services was...
Completed
Dec 2013
This report presents the results of our audit of the Government's 2012/13 financial statements and reports on the results of our review of whether government expenditure was appropriately authorised. I intend to report in early 2014 on the 2012/13 audit results for central government entities. I will publish separate reports on the results of our audits of the social and health sectors,...
Completed
Dec 2013
Most of us know someone who has been affected by crime. The goals of the Department of Corrections (the Department) are to improve public safety and reduce reoffending. This report sets out the findings of a performance audit that focused on the Department's work to reduce reoffending. We wanted to assess how well the Department is managing offenders to achieve this goal. The Department has...
Completed
Nov 2013
This report looks at how well Immigration New Zealand and other agencies support new migrants to settle and work in New Zealand. New Zealand has long relied on migrant labour to supplement the labour force and support the economy. Today, one in four people in the workforce was born overseas. The people who choose to migrate to New Zealand help to address gaps in the health, engineering,...
Completed
Nov 2013
This report describes how Kaipara District Council (KDC) managed the Mangawhai community wastewater scheme between 1996 and 2012, as well as the role played by other agencies, including my Office. The matters this report covers are long and often complex, but the overall picture is simple. I summarise it as a woeful saga. Overall, the inquiry found that: KDC failed to attend to its...
Completed
Nov 2013
A significant amount of taxpayer and ratepayer money is being spent on the Canterbury earthquake recovery and rebuild. A large proportion of this expenditure is on providing basic services, such as wastewater collection, stormwater drainage, fresh water supply, and roading (horizontal infrastructure). Many public entities are engaged in procuring goods and services as part of the recovery...
Completed
Nov 2013
Health is important to New Zealanders personally and collectively. Demands on our health services are increasing, driven by causes such as an ageing society and the rising prevalence of long-lasting health conditions. The health budget was $14.655 billion in 2013, so it is important that services are designed and delivered without unnecessary waste. To support effective and efficient design...
Completed
Oct 2013
New Zealanders are fortunate in that the state provides some insurance cover to homeowners against natural disasters. A public entity, the Earthquake Commission (EQC), is responsible for paying the first $100,000 of damage (all figures in this overview exclude GST) to insured homes after each damaging earthquake. The 2010 and 2011 earthquakes in Canterbury damaged about 180,000 homes. For more...

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