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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.