Annual report 2022/23

Reporting on issues that matter to New Zealanders

It is important that our performance audits focus on topics that are important to New Zealanders. This year, we completed 11 performance audits (including follow-up work), along with 12 other publications, including research reports, sector reports, and good practice guides.

Our work continues to have an impact. For example:

  • We have made recommendations to help improve how social sector services are commissioned to address family violence and sexual violence and to support more productive relationships with tangata whenua and community partners.
  • We expect our report on the New Zealand Defence Force’s implementation of Operation Respect to contribute to creating a safe, respectful, and inclusive environment, reducing sexual assault and other inappropriate behaviour in the military.
  • After a series of recommendations about Crown entity monitoring arrangements, Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission and the Victoria University of Wellington School of Business launched a post-graduate qualification in Public Management for Crown Entity Monitors.
  • The Treasury responded to our calls for greater transparency and improved its reporting on significant initiatives by publishing information that had not previously been available.*
  • The Office’s reporting about the public sector response to Covid-19 is informing the NZ Royal Commission Covid-19 Lessons Learned | Te Tira Ārai Urutā in its work to strengthen New Zealand’s preparedness for, and response to, potential future pandemics.

* See “COVID-19 Response and Recovery Funding – Allocation”, “COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund (CRRF) funding decisions”, “Reporting on COVID-19 Specific Appropriations”, “COVID-19 Response and Recovery – What has been achieved?”, “The Climate Emergency Response Fund”, and “North Island Weather Event Response and Recovery Funding”, at