Publications produced during 2024

This is a list of the publications produced in 2024 (the most recent items are listed first).
Regional councils’ relationships with iwi and hapu for freshwater management – a follow-up report

In 2019, we looked at how effectively Waikato Regional Council, Taranaki Regional Council, Horizons Regional Council, and Environment Southland were managing freshwater quality. We followed up with all four regional councils and spoke with iwi and hapū representatives to see what progress the regional councils had made in response to recommendations we made in 2019 about managing freshwater quality.

The increasing use of multi-year appropriations

17 May 2024: The number of multi-year appropriations (MYAs) has increased significantly over the last eight years. MYAs give government departments flexibility in spending but risk lessening Parliamentary control and scrutiny over the Government’s spending plans.

Accounting for climate change

10 May 2024: We have produced a guide to considering the implications of climate costs, risks, and uncertainties in your financial reporting.

General Election 2023: Independent review of counting errors

7 May 2024: After discussion with the Electoral Commission, we decided to review the Electoral Commission’s quality assurance processes for counting votes. We found that there is room to strengthen the way that votes are counted and recorded, and how this process is checked.

Draft annual plan 2024/25

30 April 2024: We seek your views on our proposed annual work programme for 2024/25. Feedback is requested by Wednesday 29 May 2024.

Submission on the Fast-track Approvals Bill

22 April 2024: The Auditor-General has provided a submission on the Fast-track Approvals Bill, encouraging the Environment Committee to consider whether the transparency and accountability arrangements in the Bill are proportionate to the discretion being provided to Ministers.

Controller update: April 2024

9 April 2024: Almost all government spending for the first six months of 2023/24 was properly authorised and within the law. The single confirmed instance of unappropriated expenditure relates to a provision of $494.5 million for government assistance to local councils after the North Island weather events.

Monitoring importers of specified high-risk foods

20 February 2024: The Ministry for Primary Industries doesn’t know how effective the safety system is for importing high-risk food. The Ministry has not been consistently monitoring whether importers are establishing the safety and suitability of high-risk food before it arrives in the country.

Meeting the mental health needs of young New Zealanders

15 February 2024: Young people report the highest level of unmet need for mental health care of any age group in the population. We looked at how effectively government agencies work together to understand and meet the mental health needs of young people aged 12 to 24 years.