Recent announcements

Please note...

If the Auditor-General decides to carry out an inquiry, the Office won't normally have any comment to make until we release a report. It is hard to predict what might emerge or transpire as we carry out an inquiry so it is equally hard to predict when we might be ready to report our findings.

Response to request to look at KiwiBuild Response to request to look at KiwiBuild

19 November 2019: In May 2019, Hon Judith Collins raised some concerns about KiwiBuild with our Office. We decided to look into those concerns as part of the 2018/19 annual audit of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development. We have now completed that work and written back to Ms Collins with our findings.

Submission on the Public Finance (Wellbeing) Amendment Bill Submission on the Public Finance (Wellbeing) Amendment Bill

4 November 2019: The Finance and Expenditure Committee is seeking submissions on the Public Finance (Wellbeing) Amendment Bill. This Bill proposes new requirements, for the Government to report annually on its wellbeing objectives in the Budget, and for the Treasury to report periodically on the state of wellbeing in New Zealand. We provided a submission in late October.

Our intentions: Looking at the firearms buy-back scheme

17 September 2019: After amendments to the Arms Act in April 2019, people who own guns and gun parts that are now prohibited, and people who don't have a valid gun licence, can hand in those guns and parts to New Zealand Police. If they have a valid licence and guns that are now prohibited, they will get compensation. The buy-back scheme is running until 20 December 2019.