Last week the Auditor General, Lyn Provost, tabled a report into a 20-month review of the Kaipara District Council’s (KDC) mismanagement of the Mangawhai community wastewater scheme. For an auditor, the language in the report is unusually forthright and clear. The only muddling comes when the Auditor General justifies the short comings of her own department, the government Audit Office.
Ms Provost summarises her findings as follows:
“I summarise it as a woeful saga. Overall, the inquiry found that:
· KDC failed to attend to its fundamental legal and accountability obligations.
· KDC effectively lost control of a major infrastructure project.
· Some of the work done on behalf of the Auditor-General has fallen short of the standards I expect.”