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Conflicts of interest reports

A list of reports, articles, or published letters about the Local Authorities (Members' Interests) Act 1968, non-pecuniary conflicts of interest, or conflicts of interest in general.
Queenstown Lakes District Council: Managing a conflict of interest in a proposed special housing area
October 2015: We found that the chief executive’s involvement did not influence or contribute to any substantive aspects of the Council’s policy for special housing areas. The Mayor and Council took appropriate steps to manage the conflict of interest. The chief executive took no part in recommendations or decisions about special housing areas after declaring his interest. We also found that the conflict affected the chief executive’s ability to advise the Council about special housing areas and provide leadership to council staff in this area.
Health Promotion Agency - Katherine Rich - possible conflicts of interest
14 May 2015
Ashburton District Council: Allegations of conflicts of interest affecting decisions on a second bridge
October 2014: This report looks at how three elected members of Ashburton District Council managed conflict of interest questions recently...
Appendix: Types of interests and the risks they create in local government
Ashburton District Council: Allegations of conflicts of interest affecting decisions on a second bridge.
Inquiry into Mayor Aldo Miccio's management of his role as mayor and his private business interests
26 June 2013
How the Far North District Council has administered rates and charges due from Mayor Wayne Brown's company, Waahi Paraone Limited
August 2012: This report sets out our conclusions on our inquiry into the dispute between the Far North District Council and the Mayor of the Council, Mr Wayne Brown, about the rates and other charges owed by Mr Brown's company, Waahi Paraone Limited.
Inquiry into how Christchurch City Council managed conflicts of interest when it made decisions about insurance cover
April 2012: The Office of the Auditor-General received correspondence in late 2011, raising concerns about Mr Tony Marryatt’s roles as a director of Civic Assurance and as chief executive of Christchurch City Council. Our report and letter in response are reproduced here.
Guidance for members of local authorities about the local authorities (Members' Interests) Act 1968
October 2010: This guide is intended for members of local authorities. It focuses on the requirements of the Act that apply to members in decision-making at authority meetings and the capacity of members to contract with the authority of which they are a member...
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...
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...
Inquiry into the West Coast Development Trust
August 2008: The Auditor-General decided in October last year to conduct an inquiry into the operations of the West Coast Development Trust (the Trust), after receiving information on the workings of the Trust, including allegations of conflicts of interest...
Part 12: Local Authorities (Members' Interests) Act 1968
Local government: Results of the 2006/07 audits.
Management of conflicts of interest in the three Auckland District Health Boards
November 2007: We looked at how conflicts of interest are dealt with in each of the three Auckland District Health Boards (the Auckland DHB, the Counties Manukau DHB, and the Waitemata DHB)...
5.1 Overview of the Local Authorities (Members’ Interests) Act 1968
Local government: Results of the 2005/06 audits.
Managing conflicts of interest: Guidance for public entities
June 2007: This guidance will be useful for all public entities, and relevant not only to people who exercise governance and management roles, but to everyone who works for or with a public entity...
Guidance for members of local authorities about the law on conflicts of interest
June 2007: This is a guide to the law about conflicts of interest for members of the governing bodies of territorial authorities, regional councils, tertiary institutions, and those other public bodies that are covered by the Local Authorities (Members’ Interests) Act 1968...
Part 5: Local Authorities (Members' Interests) Act 1968
Local government: Results of the 2004-05 audits.
Local authority codes of conduct
June 2006: The Local Government Act 2002 created a new legal requirement for each local authority to adopt a code of conduct for its elected members. We examined councils' experiences in developing and using their codes...
Part 9: Register of Pecuniary Interests of Members of Parliament
Central government: Results of the 2004-05 audits.
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...
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