Improving trust,
promoting value

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

Recent and relevant work

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Putting integrity at the core of how public organisations operate

We've published our latest integrity resource: a a guide that aims to help senior leaders reduce any gap between the organisational culture they want to have and actual practice.

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Standing for election to your local council?

In the next local elections, are you thinking about standing for election to a council, community board, local board, or licensing trust?

If you have a contract with that authority, there are some important legal rules you need to know about

The rules might prevent you from standing for election - or, if you are elected, might disqualify you from office. 

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In our work, we often identify poor governance as the reason why major projects have problems. The City Rail Link project is the country's largest and costliest transport infrastructure project ever. We wanted to provide assurance that the CRL project's governance was effective and likely to support its successful completion.

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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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Carrying out the audits of government departments

The end of June is the end of the financial year for government departments. Auditors are working hard to get these audits under way and completed during the next two to three months. 

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Reporting on the audits of councils' long-term plans

We're finalising our report on the last round of councils' long-term plans. These important documents need to be easy to understand, based on solid forecasts, and cover the issues and services that matter to communities.

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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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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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