Auditor-General's international travel, 2007/08

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The Auditor-General spends time overseas each year to contribute to and learn from the international auditing community. This benefits public sector auditing in New Zealand and reinforces our strong international reputation. The Auditor-General has decided to provide the cost of these visits on our website in the interests of openness and transparency.

Travel costs to date

Date of TravelReason for TravelAirline TravelDiscretionary ExpenditureTotal Cost
(NZ $)
7 to 14 June 2008 Transparency Conference $06 $254.72 $254.72
13 to 15 April 2008 South Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions Conference (SPASAI),2 Rarotonga $1,907.00 $761.18 $2,668.18
1 to 2 April 2008 9th Annual meeting of the Auditors-General Global Working Group (GWG), Marrakech, Morocco5 $11,884.10 $2,353.72 $14,237.82
4 to 18 November 2007 International Organisation for Audit Offices around the world (INTOSAI), Mexico City3 and attending a forum hosted by the World Bank and the United States' Government Accountability Office, Washington City4 $10,350.00 $4,437.62 $14,787.62
8 to 15 September 2007 South Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions Conference (SPASAI)2, Papua New Guinea $2,522.00 $2,057.68 $4,579.68
19 to 20 July 2007 Australasian Council of Auditors-General (ACAG)1 Meeting, Melbourne $1,582.26 $601.85 $2,184.11
Total $38,712.13

1 Twice yearly working meeting of the Auditors-General from the National and State Offices of Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji.

2 New Zealand is the Secretary General for the Auditors-General Forum for the Pacific (25 members) and also Secretary of the training committee - the roles include co-ordination and providing training.

3 Attendance at Intosai (the International Organisation for Audit Offices around the world). New Zealand's role included Vice Chairman of the Congress and rapporteur to one of the two themes of the Congress. Also met formally with the Auditors-General of the Commonwealth, and the members of the South Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions.

4 At the invitation of the United States' Government Accountability Office (GAO), Kevin Brady attended a forum hosted by the World Bank and the GAO. The theme of the conference was transformation for the 21st century - maximising the impact of Supreme Audit Institutions. The forum was attended by 27 Audit Offices (mostly developing countries) and 14 International Funding Agencies. The purpose of the forum was to assist developed counties working with funding agencies to improve the quality of auditing internationally. New Zealand presented a paper and led discussion on 'moving towards helping to ensure accountability through performance measurement, maximising value and managing risk'.

5 Informal forum to discuss common issues and challenges, identify and share knowledge and best practices, learn from each other and leverage knowledge and expertise to benefit the broader INTOSAI community. Global Working Group member countries: Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States.

6 Travel and accommodation paid by State Audit Bureau, Qatar.

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