2014 information updates for central government entities

Nearly 500 representatives of Government Departments and Crown Entities attended Audit New Zealand’s information updates on 28 and 29 April, 2014 at Te Papa.

Stephen Walker Stephen Walker, Executive Director, Audit New Zealand set the scene for each day. He covered a range of themes, including accountability, understanding and delivering on our responsibilities, and working collaboratively.

Stephen Walker’s presentation
Clint Ramoo Clint Ramoo, Audit Director, Audit New Zealand, then emphasised these themes in his presentation on audit risks and issues. This included our response to these risks and the key principles for an Audit and Risk Committee.

Clint Ramoo's presentation
Henry Broughton Henry Broughton, Sector Manager, Parliamentary Group, Office of the Auditor-General presented the results of 2012/13 central government audits.

Henry Broughton's presentation

Central government: Results of the 2012/13 audits
Patrick Conway Patrick Conway, Principal Advisor, Macro Forecasting and Monitoring, at the Treasury, gave an extensive economic update.

Patrick Conway's presentation
Iain Rennie Iain Rennie, State Services Commissioner, talked about Better Public Services and leadership. While acknowledging that New Zealand’s public sector has a good reputation for performance and transparency, Iain talked about how the public sector can become great. This included the need for partnership across the whole public sector and how leadership is the single biggest determinant.

Al Morrison, Deputy Commissioner, State Sector Reform, presented in Iain's place on the second day.
Lyn Provost Lyn Provost, Controller and Auditor-General, presented on her work plan theme of Our future needs - Is the public sector ready?and some lessons from the Inquiry into the Mangawhai community wastewater scheme that are relevant to central government as well as local government.

Lyn highlighted her office’s five-year work programme and next year’s focus on governance and accountability.

Lyn Provost's presentation
Carl Crafer and Amanda Holt Carl Crafar, National Commissioner Work and Income, and Director, Social Sector Trials, from the Ministry of Social Development and Amanda Holt, Programme Manager - Better Public Services for Business, from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment presented two case studies on working across and between sectors

Kelly Hanson-White and Karl Simpson Kelly Hanson-White, Principal Advisor and Karl Simpson, Policy Director from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, talked about the proposed new health and safety legislation.

John Roberts, Caleb Johnstone, and David White Panel discussion on the functional leadership areas of: Information and Communications Technology (ICT); procurement; and property with (from left to right) John Roberts from the Department of Internal Affairs, Caleb Johnstone from Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, and David White from the Ministry of Social Development.

Duncan Reed from Department of Internal Affairs gave an ICT update for Crown entities.
James Mulcahy The Inland Revenue Department's James Mulcahy, Investigations Manager, Investigations and Advice, provided a tax update.

James Mulcahy's presentation
Stephen Lewis Stephen Lewis, Director Technical, Audit New Zealand took attendees through the changes to financial reporting standards being introduced.

Stephen Lewis's presentation
Warwick White Warwick White, Principal Advisor, State Sector Management from the Treasury gave an update on implementing changes to the Public Finance Act and Crown Entity Act.

Warwick White's presentation

Page last updated: 28 May 2014