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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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Completed
Feb 2010
Central government: Results of the 2008/09 audits. Introduction Part 1: Matters arising from auditing the 2008/09 financial statements of the Government Audit opinion | Summary of significant matters arising from the 2008/09 audit | Significant matters arising from the 2008/09 audit Part 2: Assessing entities’ environment, systems, and controls Background | The areas we examine |...
Completed
Dec 2009
There are about 34,000 people living in 715 certified rest homes throughout the country. Older people who live in rest homes are some of the most vulnerable in our society, so it is important to have effective arrangements for checking the quality and safety of rest home services. The effectiveness and efficiency of such arrangements was the focus of a performance audit by my staff. By law,...
Completed
Dec 2009
Court workloads have increased significantly in recent years, and forecasts show that the number of cases brought before the courts will continue to grow. The majority of cases before the courts are in the criminal summary jurisdiction handled by the District Courts. In the year to 30 June 2009, 207,623 new criminal summary cases (that is, less serious criminal cases not requiring jury trials...
Completed
28 Oct 2009
In September, the Auditor-General received some requests to inquire into the way parliamentary and ministerial accommodation entitlements are administered and how they have been applied in relation to Hon Bill English. We gathered extensive background information on the two systems for administering accommodation entitlements and analysed their application to individual circumstances, including...
Completed
Oct 2009
In February 2009, we announced the terms of reference for our inquiry into how the Ministry of Education managed the 2008 national school bus transport tender process. We formed our terms of reference after considering the scope of our mandate. The Auditor-General is not able to nullify contracts or overturn decisions that public entities make. We reported the detailed findings and...
Completed
Oct 2009
We carried out a performance audit to examine how effectively the Ministry of Education (the Ministry) manages its support for those school-age students1 whom it assesses as having the highest level of intellectual or physical disabilities, speech language difficulties, or behavioural problems. The Ministry provides much of its support through its Group Special Education.
Completed
Oct 2009
In 2008/09, the Ministry of Social Development (the Ministry) spent about $1.9 billion on sickness and invalids' benefits, providing income support to people who were unable to work because of ill health or a disability. In June 2009, there were about 54,000 people receiving a sickness benefit because they were temporarily unable to work, and about 84,000 people receiving an invalid's benefit...
Completed
Sep 2009
In May 2005, the Government approved a Defence Funding Package of up to $4.4 billion in extra operating funds over 10 years to improve the military (personnel and equipment) and corporate capability of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF). The Defence Sustainability Initiative (the Initiative) was NZDF's 10-year programme to use the extra funding. In December 2008, the Government ended the...
Completed
Jun 2009
This report describes how well three government departments – the Department of Internal Affairs, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, and the Ministry of Economic Development – support Ministers in meeting their responsibilities for selected autonomous Crown entities, Crown agents, and independent Crown entities. This is the second of three reports looking at how particular categories of Crown...
Completed
Jun 2009
Although most taxpayers pay their tax on time, the Inland Revenue Department (Inland Revenue) acknowledges that tax debt is growing at a rate that is outpacing Inland Revenue's capacity to deal with it. As at 30 June 2008, there were 202,000 cases of tax debt, totalling $4.036 billion. Inland Revenue has estimated that total tax debt could more than double within five years unless it takes a...

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