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Publications produced during 2005

This is a list of the publications produced in 2005 (the most recent items are listed first).
Inquiry into the Ministry of Health's contracting with Allen and Clarke Policy and Regulatory Specialists Limited
December 2005: The findings in this report are a reminder that public entities need to manage contracting for services to ensure two outcomes. The first is that they are receiving value for money. The second is that the risks of actual or perceived impropriety, especially those associated with concurrent or former employment with the entity, are managed in a transparent way...
Maritime Safety Authority: Progress in implementing recommendations of the Review of Safe Ship Management Systems
December 2005: An independent review identified concerns with the Safe Ship Management System and made a number of recommendations. This audit looked at the progress the MSA has made in implementing the recommendations...
Inquiry into certain aspects of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
December 2005: This audit and inquiry followed a request for assurance from the then Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education). There were concerns about possible conflicts of interest in transactions worth large sums of money. Other issues emerged as we began our inquiry...
An assurance audit of the Annual Performance Report of the Electricity Commission for the period ended 30 June 2004
October 2005: The Auditor-General is the auditor of the Electricity Commission. This is the audit report for the Electricity Commission for the period 15 September '03 to 30 June '04.
Cambridge High School's management of conflicts of interest in relation to Cambridge International College (NZ) Limited
October 2005: The findings of this inquiry highlight the need for schools to carefully consider the ethical dimensions of conflicts of interest...
Annual report 2004/05
September 2005, ISBN 0-478-18143-4.
Inquiry into the sale of Paraparaumu Aerodrome by the Ministry of Transport
September 2005: Although the sale of the Aerodrome took place more than a decade ago, the conduct of the sale provides a useful case study of a sale of a Crown-owned asset...
Electricity Commission: Contracting with service providers
July 2005: This report describes events leading up to the decision to appoint contractors, and analyses the practices followed. It also sets out our expectations of public entities involved in sole source procurement in circumstances where contestable procurement is impracticable...
Ministry of Justice: Performance of the Collections Unit in collecting and enforcing fines
July 2005: This audit examined the role of the Collections Unit in collecting and enforcing Court-imposed and infringement fines, the policies and procedures that govern the business of the Collections Unit, and its efficiency and effectiveness in collecting fines...
Local government: Results of the 2003/04 audits
July 2005, ISBN 0-478-18139-6.
Effectiveness of controls over the taxi industry
June 2005: This audit looked at the Authority’s oversight of taxi organisations, passenger service licence holders, drivers, and course providers. Little progress has been made since our 1997 report. Inconsistent and inadequate monitoring and enforcing has led to widespread non-compliance...
Government and parliamentary publicity and advertising
June 2005: Publicity and advertising are important activities for governments and parliamentary parties, which can legitimately be paid for with public funds. But at the same time such activities are inherently sensitive, and open to the risk of abuse...
Civil Aviation Authority: Certification and surveillance functions
June 2005: This is the third time that our Office has reviewed the surveillance function of the Civil Aviation Authority. Little action has been taken by the CAA to address the recommendations in our 1997 and 2000 audits...
The Local Authorities (Members' Interests) Act 1968: Issues and options for reform
June 2005: This report is a discussion paper, written to highlight what we see as difficulties with the current Act, and to suggest some options for how the Act might be improved...
Ministry of Fisheries: Follow-up report on information requirements for the sustainable management of fisheries
June 2005: This report examined how well the Ministry had implemented 7 recommendations we made in 1999. The Ministry has made progress in implementing most of those recommendations, but further improvements can be made. Accordingly, this report makes 4 additional recommendations...
Horizons and Otago Regional Councils: Management of freshwater resources
May 2005: This report looks at how the Resource Management Act 1991 framework has been implemented by the Horizons Regional Council and the Otago Regional Council for the management of freshwater in their regions...
Annual plan 2005/06
May 2005, ISSN 1175-8258.
Pharmaceutical Management Agency: Changes to the frequency of medicine dispensing
May 2005: In October 2003, Pharmac changed the rules for dispensing medicines. It let doctors prescribe that a 90-day supply of certain medicines be dispensed all at once, rather than spread over 3 visits to the pharmacist. Pharmac projected that this could reduce district health boards’ spending on the dispensing fees paid to pharmacists by $132 million over 5 years. We decided to audit this because of the large savings projected, and the effects of the change on patients, doctors, and pharmacists...
Progress in implementing key recommendations of the 1996 Transport Committee inquiry into truck crashes
March 2005: This report assesses how quickly and effectively three Government agencies – the Police, the Ministry of Transport, and the Department of Labour – have implemented recommendations made in 1996 to reduce truck crashes. Although solid progress has been made, there has been a long delay in implementing 2 of those recommendations...
Central government: Results of the 2003/04 audits
March 2005, ISBN 0-478-18130-2.
Department of Conservation: Administration of the Conservation Services Programme - Follow-up audit
February 2005: In 2002, we reported on the administration of the Conservation Services Programme by the Department of Conservation. We went back to the Department of Conservation, and the Ministry of Fisheries, to see what progress had been made in implementing our recommendations...
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