University of Auckland’s statement on Office of the Auditor-General’s review

Wednesday 2 December 2020

The Office of the Auditor-General (OAG) published its report today (Wednesday 2 December 2020) on the University of Auckland’s purchase in December 2019 of a residential property.

The University accepts the report’s findings, and acknowledges there were shortcomings in the University’s handling of the purchase process.

As is noted in the report, we have already commenced work to rectify those issues. We have commissioned independent advisors to undertake detailed reviews of the University’s policies and processes relating to sensitive expenditure. Once completed, any changes the University makes in response to those reviews to its policies and processes will be made publicly available.

The University of Auckland takes its responsibilities regarding the use of public resources very seriously. We will use the OAG’s report, and the outcomes of the independent reviews, to further strengthen our policies, governance and decision-making processes.