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Publications produced during 2009

This is a list of the publications produced in 2009 (the most recent items are listed first).
Investigation into conflicts of interest of four councillors at Environment Canterbury
December 2009: We have concluded that the councillors have breached section 6(1) of the Local Authorities (Members’ Interests) Act 1968. However, we have decided that a prosecution would be unlikely to result in a conviction and that it would not be appropriate in these circumstances to seek to have the councillors prosecuted...
Effectiveness of arrangements to check the standard of services provided by rest homes
December 2009: The Ministry is actively trying to address shortcomings in the effectiveness of rest home auditing and certification arrangements. However, more work remains to be done and it is still too early to tell whether the efforts to make the current arrangements work as intended will make a difference or whether certification is fundamentally unable to do what the legislation envisaged...
Ministry of Justice: Supporting the management of court workloads
December 2009: We audited the effectiveness and efficiency of the Ministry's work to help District Courts and the High Court deal with their increasing workloads. Although we are pleased with what our audit found, the courts are likely to remain under considerable pressure for the foreseeable future...
How the Thames-Coromandel District Council managed leasing arrangements for Council land in Whitianga
November 2009: Although our findings are of greatest interest to people in the Thames-Coromandel district, we note that most local authorities have extensive land holdings. Our findings from this inquiry reinforce the importance for all local authorities to have in place effective systems and processes to manage their land well on behalf of their communities...
Auditor-General's decision on parliamentary and ministerial accommodation entitlements
October 2009: In September, the Auditor-General received some requests to inquire into the way parliamentary and ministerial accommodation entitlements are administered and how they have been applied in relation to Hon Bill English. We gathered extensive background information on the two systems for administering accommodation entitlements and analysed their application to individual circumstances, including those of Mr English...
Ministry of Education: Managing support for students with high special educational needs
October 2009: We carried out a performance audit to assess how well the Ministry of Education manages four initiatives set up to support school-age students that it assesses as having the highest level of intellectual, sensory, or physical disabilities, speech language diffi culties, or behavioural needs...
Ministry of Social Development: Changes to the case management of sickness and invalids' beneficiaries
October 2009: Two years ago, the Ministry made changes designed to help sickness and invalids' beneficiaries prepare for, make the transition to, and stay in work. We looked at how well the changes were operating and whether they were starting to have the intended effect...
Annual Report 2008/09
September 2009, ISBN 978-0-478-32636-9
How the Ministry of Education managed the 2008 national school bus transport tender process
October 2009: Overall, the Ministry’s procurement approach was sound. No process is perfect, and we found a number of areas for improvement that we expect the Ministry to address in any subsequent bus tender processes...
New Zealand Defence Force: Progress with the Defence Sustainability Initiative
September 2009: The Defence Sustainability Initiative was NZDF's 10-year programme to use more than $4 billion in extra funding, to improve the military and corporate capability of our defence forces. We looked at the progress NZDF made during the Initiative’s first three years...
Response of the New Zealand Police to the Commission of Inquiry into Police Conduct: First monitoring report
June 2009: This report describes the direction, management, and monitoring of the work programme put in place by the Police to respond to the Commission’s findings...
Statements of intent: Examples of reporting practice
June 2009: This discussion paper includes examples of reporting practice from the statements of intent of government departments and Crown entities, including statements of forecast service performance...
The Auditor-General’s views on setting financial reporting standards for the public sector
June 2009: The Auditor-General believes that major changes are needed to the way that financial reporting standards are set in New Zealand. He hopes this discussion paper will encourage constructive debate...
Inland Revenue Department: Managing tax debt
June 2009: Although most taxpayers pay their tax on time, the Inland Revenue Department acknowledges that tax debt is growing at a rate that is outpacing its capacity to deal with it...
Electricity Commission: Review of the first five years
June 2009: This report is a discussion paper on the performance of the Electricity Commission against the objectives, outcomes, and performance standards set out in the Government Policy Statement...
Local government: Results of the 2007/08 audits
June 2009, ISBN 978-0-478-32628-4.
How government departments monitor Crown entities
June 2009: This report describes how well three government departments – the Department of Internal Affairs, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, and the Ministry of Economic Development – support Ministers in meeting their responsibilities for selected autonomous Crown entities, Crown agents, and independent Crown entities...
Inquiry into immigration matters (Volume 1)
May 2009: Volume 1 of our inquiry into immigration matters, looking at visa and permit decision-making and other issues...
Inquiry into immigration matters (Volume 2)
May 2009: Volume 2 of our inquiry report about immigration matters. This volume deals with the public sector recruitment processes involving Mary Anne Thompson and related issues...
Central government: Results of the 2007/08 audits
May 2009, ISBN 978-0-478-32625-3.
Annual plan 2009/10
May 2009, ISSN 1178-8488
Workforce planning in Crown Research Institutes
May 2009: We carried out a performance audit of the workforce planning within the Crown Research Institutes (CRIs). We focused on how CRIs identify their workforce needs, establish initiatives to address their needs, and monitor and evaluate those initiatives...
Performance audits from 2007: Follow-up report
March 2009: This report to Parliament sets out the actions taken in response to the findings of 14 performance audits...
Forecast non-financial performance information reports: Guidance for entities
March 2009: Guide to help entities understand the approach being taken by auditors to the review of forecast non-financial performance information reports...
Department of Corrections: Managing offenders on parole
February 2009: We carried out a performance audit to examine how effectively the Department of Corrections (the Department) manages offenders on parole. This audit has led to 20 recommendations...
Inquiry into Christchurch City Council's five property purchases
January 2009, letter to Mr Tony Marryatt, Chief Executive of Christchurch City Council.
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