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August 17, 2016

Happy anniversary Murray!

Filed under: Uncategorized — danylmc @ 9:04 am

It’s one year since the Auditor General began investigating Murray McCully’s decision to use taxpayer money to fund an agrihub in a palace in the Arabian desert. Rumour has it the delay releasing the report has been caused by McCully and MFAT lawyering up and litigating the entire report, line-by-line. On a recent RNZ politics segment Matthew Hooton suggested that this process will involve a negotiation with the Auditor General’s office to include an exculpating sentence in the executive summary that National can seize on as evidence that McCully has been ‘completely cleared’, regardless of the findings of the report, which seems to be how these things are done nowadays.


  1. A bit like the American Banks. Too big to fail. In this case McCully is too big to fail as it would be a bad look for Government if a senior Minister was found to have lied or misused taxpayers money. So diminish the Auditor General’s Office.

    Comment by ianmac40 — August 17, 2016 @ 9:29 am

  2. When you say “rumour has it”, do you really mean the stream of tweets from Matthew Hooton?

    Comment by insider — August 17, 2016 @ 9:59 am

  3. As the Greens constantly cry for yet another Investigation how are they going to arrange that they get the answers they want?
    Answers on the back of an envelope please, the voters would love to know.

    Comment by Ray — August 17, 2016 @ 10:26 am

  4. That makes two reports where they ‘lawyered up’ The Inspector general report into the manipulation of intelligence reports by Keys political staffers in the Goff-Whaleoil saga and now this one.
    In the blurb from the AG office they say this
    “To be effective and credible, the Auditor-General and the people working for the Auditor-General must be independent of the public sector organisations being audited”

    So thats now just a fig leaf as use of lawyers can mean a sock is stuffed into the AG’s mouth.

    Comment by ghostwhowalksnz — August 17, 2016 @ 10:32 am

  5. Pity Insider and Ray, it must be difficult putting a smiley face on sleaze. Blame the Greens, impugn the sources. look over there, it’s a mirage!

    Comment by paritutu — August 17, 2016 @ 11:05 am

  6. Ah, the Auditor-General. Impeccably independent, delivering a verdict that the PM must obey. Or resign!

    Sorry, that was the other Auditor-General, and something about a pledge card. It seemed terribly important at the time, but apparently it wasn’t.

    Comment by sammy 2.0 — August 17, 2016 @ 1:34 pm

  7. I’ll laugh next time I read NZ isn’t corrupt.

    Comment by truthseekernz — August 17, 2016 @ 1:38 pm

  8. Sammy, those were the old days. AGs had teeth and werent afraid to show them. They had long time staff to do the work, nowdays its outsourced to the big accountancy firms. Based on stuffups and poor quality work that the AG is responsible for she should have resigned or been scaked.

    “The Auditor-General has apologised to the ratepayers of Kaipara for the failure of Audit New Zealand to properly assess the impact of the Mangawhai sewerage scheme”
    “She said she was also unhappy to find some shortcomings in the way her office dealt with the complaints.”
    “Meanwhile, local government analyst Larry Mitchell, who used to advise the Kaipara council, said there is scepticism about just how deeply the Auditor-General has dug”

    Nowdays its a once over lightly and if they bark at the draft report its change it to suit.

    Comment by ghostwhowalksnz — August 18, 2016 @ 10:23 am

  9. When McCully was in opposition he launched a blistering attack, both personal and professional, on a friend whose work he described as a waste of taxpayers’ money (Irony? What do you mean?) Ever since, the friend has fantasised about buying the scientific naming rights of a particularly nasty anal parasite and calling it after you-know-who.

    Comment by McNulty — August 22, 2016 @ 4:31 pm

  10. The sentiment echoed around the senior ranks of the public service is that Muzza has been around so long that he knows where everyone has buried a body, as such he acts with near impunity.

    Comment by Michael — August 22, 2016 @ 6:51 pm

  11. What ought we to expect from the audit? Presumably, a comparison of the size of the investment with the size of the return. Then we can see if the deal was worth the expenditure. If your department was created to facilitate trade via diplomacy, your desert sheep-farms have to pay off just like successful businesses. So the auditor-general has spent a year trying to figure out if McCully has pulled a substantial rabbit out out of his hat, so she can report to the tax-payer that our investment did indeed generate a profit. If it didn’t, she has to report failure of the enterprise. If she is as independent as the govt website claims she is…

    Could be the delay has been caused by consternation resulting from MFAT asking the Arabs for the numbers: “What do you mean, accounting? Counting up profits & losses? Why would we bother with such trivia?!? Don’t you know we’ve had fountains of gold coming out our ears for an entire century??”

    Comment by Dennis Frank — August 22, 2016 @ 10:03 pm

  12. @Dennis Frank so bribery is fine as long as it generates a return on investment. Either you completely misunderstand why this audit is taking place or you have taken being partisan to grand new heights.

    Comment by sam — August 23, 2016 @ 12:05 pm

  13. @sam, Some will defend National at all costs


    Comment by Antoine — August 23, 2016 @ 12:13 pm

  14. Re 12 & 13: reactions like that puzzle me. I’ve never voted National & am not even slightly interested in defending them. And the only person who knows why the audit is taking place is the person who decided to do it, right? Can you read her mind?

    Comment by Dennis Frank — August 23, 2016 @ 12:58 pm

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