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If the Auditor-General decides to carry out an inquiry, the Office won't normally have any comment to make until we release a report. It is hard to predict what might emerge or transpire as we carry out an inquiry so it is equally hard to predict when we might be ready to report our findings.

Auditing in the context of COVID-19 Auditing in the context of COVID-19

25 March 2020: We’re aware that the current circumstances leave public entities unsure how they might meet their accountability obligations. The Auditor-General’s audit service providers are responding to the evolving COVID-19 situation with the best interests of our communities in mind.

Controller update: July to December 2019 Controller update: July to December 2019

4 March 2020: Most government spending for the first six months of 2019/20 has been properly authorised and was within the law. However, we have confirmed three instances that were not properly authorised.

Response to our inquiry into the Saudi Arabia Food Security Partnership

5 February 2020: In 2016, we published the findings for our inquiry into the Saudi Arabia Food Security Partnership. In our report, we said that we expected the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (the Ministry) and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) to assess and report on what the Partnership has achieved once all of the goods and services covered by the contract for services were provided. The Ministry and NZTE fully accept our findings and have written to the Auditor-General with their assessment of what has been achieved as a result of the Partnership. This letter closes off the key recommendation in our report.