8. Note of Appreciation

Report on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of the Office of the Auditor-General of New Zealand by an International Peer Review Team.

The Review Team is very grateful for the high level of co-operation and support provided by the Controller and Auditor-General, Mr Kevin Brady, and by the Deputy Controller and Auditor-General, Ms Phillippa Smith. Both provided frank and open comments and responses as did the many staff of the Office that were interviewed. As well, the Team would like to acknowledge the time and insights provided for the Review by the wide range of people outside the Office, including Parliamentarians. While the Review Team takes full responsibility for the content of this Report, in particular for its analyses, conclusions and suggestions for improvements, we owe a debt of gratitude to all those involved for facilitating the conduct and finalisation of the Peer Review. The Team itself worked well together which ensured that tight timetables were met and that the ACAG peer review approach was properly conducted and the Terms of Reference were fully covered. The Review Team Coordinator commends the individual efforts made and the results achieved.

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