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14 June 2011
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House debates performance of wider State sector

The House of Representatives will debate the performance and current operations of Crown entities, State enterprises and public organisations on Tuesday, 14 June.

While government departments are key organisations for developing and implementing the Government’s policies, many public services and public assets worth billions of dollars are administered by agencies that are not part of the “core” public service. District Health Boards, ACC, the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, the Electoral Commission, the New Zealand Transport Agency, Television New Zealand, and the Independent Police Conduct Authority are among the numerous “Crown entities” whose performance is scrutinised by the House of Representatives. These entities report to the House every year and their annual reports are reviewed by select committees. In conducting these “financial reviews”, select committees may receive advice from the Office of the Auditor-General and publicly question and hear evidence from senior executives of the organisations concerned. The select committees then report to the House, and may raise issues regarding the performance and current operations of these organisations.

The same process is followed for all State enterprises, such as New Zealand Post, MetService, Landcorp Farming and the State-owned power companies (Genesis Power, Meridian Energy and Mighty River Power). Financial reviews are also conducted of bodies that have been designated by the House of Representatives as “public organisations”—the Abortion Supervisory Committee, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and Air New Zealand.

The House sets 3 hours aside every year to debate the financial reviews of Crown entities, State enterprises and public organisations. Prior to the debate, members indicate which particular organisations they wish to focus on, and this provides the basis of the list of financial reviews considered in the debate.

Select committee reports on the financial reviews of Crown entities, State enterprises and public organisations are available on this website. See related links on this page.

Information about the make-up of the State sector, including a list of Crown entities and State enterprises, is available on the State Services Commission website. See related links on this page.