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MPs' guide to the Auditor-General.

This booklet is for members of Parliament (MPs) and for new MPs in particular. It gives an overview of my role as Auditor-General and outlines the kind of interaction, advice, and support that MPs can expect from me and my staff.

Put simply, it's my job as an officer of Parliament to help you, as Parliament's elected representatives, to hold public entities to account for their use of public money.

We are fortunate that we live in a society that expects and supports fair and transparent government, and that we have good systems and processes in place to underpin that concept.

Our public sector is among the best in the world on many counts. That said, there's always room for improvement in any system and it's my vision to improve the performance of, and the public's trust in, our public sector.

My staff and I will help you to scrutinise the effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability of public entities to make sure that they are operating as Parliament intends them to.

I look forward to working alongside you to serve Parliament and the people of New Zealand.

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Lyn Provost
Controller and Auditor-General

31 January 2012

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MPs' guide to the Auditor-General

ISBN 978-0-478-38335-5 (print)
ISBN 978-0-478-38365-2 (online)