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A list of reports, articles, or published letters about environmental agencies or environmental matters.
Border security: Using information to process passengers
June 2017: In our view, the border agencies are operating effectively. There are differences in the quality of some of the information the agencies receive. This affects how efficiently the information is used. We also looked at whether frontline staff have the systems, tools, and resources to best use and share information, and whether there is effective collaboration between the agencies. Improvements should be made in both areas to ensure that information is used in the most efficient way. New Zealand Customs and the Ministry for Primary Industries also need to continue to develop their approach to workforce planning to improve their ability to efficiently deploy staff.
Department of Conservation: Prioritising and partnering to manage biodiversity
March 2016: We assess the Department of Conservation’s progress in implementing our recommendations from our 2012 report, in which we looked at how well it was working with other agencies and groups to manage biodiversity.
Principles for effectively co-governing natural resources
February 2016: This report identifies some principles to consider when setting up and maintaining effective co-governance and co-management arrangements.
Ministry for Primary Industries: Preparing for and responding to biosecurity incursions - follow-up report
October 2015: Our follow-up audit this year reviewed what progress the Ministry for Primary Industries has made to address the recommendations in our 2013 report. We found that the Ministry has made good progress with how it prepares for, and responds to, biosecurity incursions.
Request for inquiry into the regulation of the ancient swamp kauri industry
10 September 2015
Ministry for Primary Industries: Preparing for and responding to biosecurity incursions
February 2013: We are concerned that the Ministry is under-prepared for future biosecurity incursions. Responding to incursions has taken precedence over preparing for the potential arrival of other pests and diseases. Although the Ministry is making improvements, there is still a lot to do...
Department of Conservation: Prioritising and partnering to manage biodiversity
December 2012: Findings of a performance audit that examined how well the Department of Conservation is prioritising work, and working in partnership with other agencies and groups to manage biodiversity.
Managing freshwater quality: Challenges for regional councils
September 2011: We carried out an audit to provide an independent view of how effectively four selected regional councils are managing and controlling land use and related activities for the purpose of maintaining and enhancing freshwater quality in their regions...
The Emissions Trading Scheme - summary information for public entities and auditors
August 2011: This document informs public entities and their auditors about how the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) operates and how it is likely to affect them. It summarises information about the ETS that we have gathered from the Ministry for the Environment, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and the Ministry of Economic Development…
Planning to meet the forecast demand for drinking water in Auckland
August 2011: A letter from the Auditor-General to the Chief Executives of Auckland Council and Watercare Services Limited on governance issues and a report on our initial findings and recommendations for Watercare to consider when developing its long-term plans for asset management and for funding arrangements...
Part 4: Activities to reduce and manage greenhouse gas emissions
Local government: Results of the 2009/10 audits.
Part 11: Planning to meet the forecast demand for drinking water
Local government: Results of the 2008/09 audits.
Local authorities: Planning to meet the forecast demand for drinking water
February 2010: We carried out a performance audit of eight local authorities to help us form a view about how well prepared the country is to meet the likely future demand for drinking water...
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...
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...
Waste management planning by territorial authorities
April 2007: All territorial authorities must adopt a waste management plan. In this audit, we checked whether all had done so, and whether six were implementing them. Some of the plans were out of date or did not contain all the information we expected...
Part 11: Hazardous waste management in New Zealand
Central government: Results of the 2005/06 audits.
2.5 Preparation of water and sanitary services assessments
Local government: Results of the 2003-04 audits.
Department of Conservation: Planning for and managing publicly owned land
May 2006: The Department of Conservation is responsible for managing 8.5 million hectares of publicly owned land. We expected the Department, which manages nearly a third of New Zealand’s total land area, to have a very clear idea about what it was doing with the land...
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry: Managing biosecurity risks associated with high-risk sea containers
May 2006: The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry identifies, inspects, and manages the decontamination of sea containers that pose the highest biosecurity risks. The Ministry is responsive to emerging risks. However, the Ministry has had more than 2 years to implement a revised Import Health Standard for sea containers, but it is not yet fully in place...
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