Appendix 1: Other work during 2012/13 relating to the local government sector

Local government: Results of the 2012/13 audits.
Report or letterBrief description
Inquiry into the Mangawhai Community Wastewater Scheme This report describes how Kaipara District Council managed the Mangawhai community wastewater scheme between 1996 and 2012, as well as the role played by other agencies, including the Office of the Auditor-General and Audit New Zealand.
Effectiveness and efficiency of arrangements to repair pipes and roads in Christchurch This report looks at how effectively and efficiently the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, the New Zealand Transport Agency, and Christchurch City Council are reinstating horizontal infrastructure in Christchurch through an alliance called the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team.
Using development contributions and financial contributions to fund local authorities' growth-related assets This discussion paper reviews how five local authorities use "growth charges", such as development contributions and financial contributions, to fund the assets that the communities will need for the growth they expect.
Inquiry into Mayor Aldo Miccio's management of his role as mayor and his private business interests (letter to the Mayor) This inquiry arose after a request by Nelson City Council in the light of public concern about Mayor Aldo Miccio's trip to China in March 2012. We reviewed how the relationship between the Mayor's private business interests and his work in his official capacity had been managed.
Auckland Council: Transition and emerging challenges The amalgamation of Auckland's local authorities and regional council into a single local authority was one of the most significant public sector reforms of recent years. This report reflects on the transition and Auckland Council's emerging governance challenges.
Matters arising from the 2012-22 local authority long-term plans The 2012 round of 10-year plans coincided with the Better Local Government initiative, which seeks a local government sector that is leaner and more in keeping with national economic needs. This report represents our most significant contribution to our focus on the public sector's ability to meet the country's future needs.
How the Far North District Council has administered rates and charges due from Mayor Wayne Brown's company, Waahi Paraone Limited Far North District Council and the then Mayor, Mr Wayne Brown, had been in dispute for some time about the rates and other charges owed by Mr Brown's company, Waahi Paraone Limited. The matters involved in the dispute were legally and factually complex, and the two parties were unable to resolve them through normal processes or direct discussion. In October 2011, Mr Brown and the Council each asked the Auditor-General to help resolve the matter.

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