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please provide your request to us in writing

To ask us to consider an inquiry, please use the following process:

Step 1 – Raise the matter with the entity

If you are concerned about a public entity’s use of its resources, first take your concern to the relevant public entity and seek its response. We will usually inquire into a matter only after there has been an attempt to raise the matter with the public entity concerned.

Step 2 – Are we the best authority to consider your concerns?

Before writing to us, consider if we are best suited to look into your concerns. There may be another authority that is more appropriate or better able to help you. You might also want to contact any central government department that has responsibility for the area (such as the Ministry of Education if the matter involves a school or a tertiary education institution).

Step 3 – Write to us

If you are not satisfied with the public entity’s response and want to raise the matter with us, please provide your request to us in writing. Give us as much information as you can, including:

  • a factual description of the matter, and what your specific concerns are,
  • what steps you have taken to raise your concerns or resolve these issues, including who you have been in contact with and the outcome of this,
  • why you think the matter should be of concern to the Auditor-General, and
  • copies of any relevant correspondence or documents that may be helpful to us in understanding and considering the issues.

You must tell us if you are an employee of an organisation and are writing to us under the Protected Disclosures Act 2000. You should also ensure that you have followed your organisation’s internal procedures first. If you have not, that can affect whether the Act will protect your employment.

Send the information to:

The Controller and Auditor-General
Office of the Auditor-General
PO Box 3928
Wellington. 

Or you can email the information to enquiry@oag.govt.nz.

Page last updated: 12 January 2011

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