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Answering your questions

Keeping the accountability fires burning

The person standing guard has changed, but the job of watching stays the same…

Feb 15, 2017 09:31 AM | Read more

A tale of two cities: Auditing the Canterbury recovery

Sometimes it feels as if Christchurch is separated by two time periods; before the earthquakes and after the earthquakes.

Jan 09, 2017 01:50 PM | Read more | Comments (1)

Water, water, everywhere...

We’re a bit water obsessed in our little corner of the Office because we’re preparing to launch the Auditor-General’s work programme theme for 2017/18 – Water.

Sep 28, 2016 11:50 AM | Read more | Comments (2)

How bizarre: Being open to learning and sharing

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We’ve all had moments when a lesson is burnt into our memory.

Jul 01, 2016 12:00 PM | Read more

What if voting made you healthier?

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My daughters live virtual lives online without the embarrassing presence of their mother trying too hard to be hip – except at elections.

Jun 14, 2016 11:35 AM | Read more | Comments (1)

Super Audit Hero!

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Many times when people contact us with their problems and concerns, they seem to be hoping that our "mighty powers of auditing" will fix it all...

Jun 11, 2015 11:34 AM | Read more

We will remember them.

I have a curious fondness for Robert Harry Martin. I’ve never met him and he died, aged 81, when I was six years old.

Apr 30, 2015 01:43 PM | Read more

Hearing things people don’t say

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I often hear things people don’t say. No, I’m not the Office’s new secret weapon for getting to the truth...

Mar 20, 2015 04:15 PM | Read more | Comments (2)

A Lamborghini for everyone on the West Coast?

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One hundred billion dollars would buy everyone on the West Coast a shiny new car. It’s a colossal amount of money – and it’s the value of the assets that our councils are managing.

Nov 25, 2014 02:15 PM | Read more | Comments (2)

Inheritance, institutions, and the Office

Usually, when we talk about institutions we mean places we don’t like to go – police stations, hospitals, or courts...

Oct 09, 2014 01:00 PM | Read more | Comments (1)