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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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Mar 2013
On 30 May 2012, I announced that my Office would carry out an inquiry into the decision by the former Associate Minister of Immigration, Hon Shane Jones, to grant citizenship to Mr Yang Liu (also known as Yong Ming Yan). I appointed Francis Cooke QC to lead the inquiry on my behalf. Although this inquiry arose because of concerns about the way an individual application had been handled, those...
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Mar 2013
The 2011/12 year was a demanding one for local authorities. They had to prepare three-yearly long-term plans for 2012-22 and then swiftly complete the 2011/12 annual reports, among other challenges. Only one local authority did not adopt its annual report within the statutory time frame. This is a significant improvement compared to previous years. Timely reporting is an important part of...
Completed
Mar 2013
This is our first report specifically about our audits of public entities in the transport sector. It builds on the overview of our work on transport that we provided to the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee in March 2012. This report focuses on the results of our annual audits of central government transport entities and the transport-related information contained in local...
Completed
Feb 2013
In June 2012, I announced that this Office would carry out an inquiry into the process that the Ministry of Economic Development (the Ministry) followed leading up to the Government’s decision to negotiate with SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited (SkyCity) about developing an international convention centre in Auckland. The inquiry has considered both the adequacy of the process followed and...
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Dec 2012
Education is important to every New Zealander. We all have a stake in the outcomes of our investment in education, and, unsurprisingly, many people have a view on how that education should best be offered. This makes education a contested and often controversial area of endeavour. My office has an enduring interest in assuring the New Zealand public that, in the face of regular adjustment and...
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Dec 2012
The amalgamation of Auckland's local authorities and regional council into a single Auckland Council (the Council) is one of the most significant public sector reforms of recent years. The scale of the change and transition to the new Council was huge. To bring together eight councils to create a new organisation with $32 billion of assets and a $3 billion annual budget, and bring together 8000...
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Dec 2012
The long-term plans (LTPs) that local authorities prepare every three years provide an insight into the position and future intentions of the local government sector. The recently completed 2012 round of 10-year plans coincides with the Better Local Government initiative, which seeks a local government sector that is leaner and more aligned to national economic needs. This year, my office is...
Completed
Oct 2012
In 2007, the Commission of Inquiry into Police Conduct (the Commission) criticised the historical conduct, including sexual conduct, of some police officers and their associates. The Commission made multiple recommendations for change within the New Zealand Police (the Police). The Government asked the Auditor-General to monitor, for 10 years, the progress the Police are making with the...
Completed
Oct 2012
The Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 killed 185 people, damaged more than 100,000 homes, destroyed much of Christchurch's central business district, and badly damaged infrastructure. Christchurch and Canterbury will never be the same. Canterbury has begun to recover. The rebuilding of homes, infrastructure, and the Christchurch central business district is under way. The recovery...
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Jun 2012
Until recently, most surveys on fraud in New Zealand focused on the private sector. In 2011, I commissioned PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to carry out a survey on fraud awareness, prevention, and detection to gain better insight into fraud in the public sector. PwC surveyed almost 2000 people working in the public sector, achieving a response rate of 74%. This response rate places the survey...

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