Announcements from 2020

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.

Submission on the Public Service Legislation Bill Submission on the Public Service Legislation Bill

3 February 2020: The Governance and Administration Committee is seeking submissions on the Public Service Legislation Bill. The Bill sets out the role of the public service in supporting New Zealand’s system of government. As well as establishing the purpose, principles, and values of an apolitical public service, it also sets into legislation the role of the public service in supporting the Crown in its commitment to Māori and outlines the set of possible organisational arrangements that can be created in the public service. We provided a submission in January.