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Report

Inquiry into the University of Auckland’s decision to purchase a house in Parnell

This report reviews the decision made by the University of Auckland to purchase a $5 million house in Parnell, Auckland. It was found that University has not been able to demonstrate that this purchase met key principles of managing sensitive expenditure well.
Report

Implementing the firearms buy-back and amnesty scheme

As part of its response to the Christchurch mosque attacks, the New Zealand Parliament introduced a firearms buy-back and amnesty scheme. This report examines how effectively and efficiently the Police implemented the scheme.
Report

Reflecting on our work about water management

This document presents findings from a two-year-long project that examined how well public organisations are currently managing water resources and delivering water-related services for the benefit of New Zealanders.
Report

Tertiary education institutions: results of the 2017 audits

This report sets out our observations from our audits of the 27 public tertiary education institutions (TEIs). They consist of eight universities, 16 institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs), and three wānanga. There were 405,000 people, including 56,000 international students, enrolled at these institutions in...
Guide

Severance payments: a guide for the public sector

This guide is intended to help public sector employers when considering making a severance payment to a departing employee. It replaces our 2012 publication, and has been updated to reflect more recent case law and changes in accounting standards.
Report

Using different processes to protect marine environments

This report looks at how two groups used two different processes that generated advice to Ministers for establishing marine protection, including marine reserves. Each group used a process that was different in terms of its origin, purpose, scope, and expected outcomes.
Report

Long-term plans: our audits of councils’ consultation documents

In 2018, councils were required – for the second time since the Local Government Act 2002 (the Act) was amended in 2014 – to produce consultation documents for their long-term plans. This report is based on audits of the 2018-28 consultation documents. It is a...
Report

Digital access to information and services: learning from examples

New Zealanders increasingly expect to be able to access information and services digitally. As part of our 'Information' theme, we carried out a performance audit that looked at how three public entities made information and services available through their websites and/or mobile applications.
Report

How the Overseas Investment Office uses information

The Office of the Auditor-General has released this report into how the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) uses information to assess applications from overseas people seeking to acquire sensitive New Zealand assets.
Report

Ministry of Justice: modernising court services

Presents the results of a performance audit to assess the New Zealand Ministry of Justice’s investment in improving court services by looking at three projects between 2012 and 2016 that were part of this approach.