Improving trust,
promoting value

We give Parliament and New Zealanders
an independent view about public sector
performance and accountability

Our recent work

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We've created a set of slides and presenter notes that you can download and use to explain what sensitive expenditure is, as well as some engaging and useful videos about the principles you need to consider. 

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This report sets out the results of our audit of the Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the year ended 30 June 2020 and of carrying out the Controller function.

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Ever wondered what the Auditor-General does? (Here's the video transcript.)

What does an auditor do?

An auditor checks that information organisations report annually is reliable, and lets us know if it isn’t. (Here’s the video transcript.)

What is the Controller function?

The Controller checks that money is spent lawfully, and can "turn off the money tap" if it isn't. (Here's the video transcript.)

What we're working on

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Auditing the electricity distribution businesses

Did you know we audit some of the companies that distribute electricity throughout New Zealand? The latest round of audits is due to be completed by the end of next month.

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Supporting Parliament's scrutiny

We're offering advice to select committees as they review the estimates of spending by government departments.

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Consulting on our draft annual plan

Each year, we ask Parliament for any comments on our proposed work programme for the coming year.

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Read about our priorities

Improving outcomes

In the next three years we’ll focus on how well the public sector is improving the lives of New Zealanders, in housing, health, education, outcomes for Māori, and reducing family violence.

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Public accountability

An effective accountability system is critical to New Zealanders’ trust and confidence in the public sector and in government.

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Keeping New Zealanders informed

We’re keen to see improvements in how well public organisations inform communities about matters of importance.

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Sharing what "good" looks like

We’re in a unique position to identify and share examples of good practice.

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Response to Covid-19

Responding to Covid-19 has led to once-in-a-generation spending, which New Zealanders will be paying off for generations to come.

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Our blog posts

Our staff are regularly blogging about the interesting and thought-provoking aspects of their work... 

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Data (including fraud notifications and school audit results)

We're working to make some of our data available online. We welcome your feedback. 

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Resources for students and teachers 

We've turned some of our reports into teaching resources, mainly for social studies. Check them out!

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