24 May 2011
The Office of the Auditor General statement of intent for 2012 published last week includes an interesting diagram comprised of a range of good governance measures for the New Zealand State services and the effectiveness of agencies in supporting the outcome of a trusted public sector.
Comparative ratings over a number of years are shown for
- Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index
- Worldwide Governance Indicators
- Kiwis Count respondents reporting confidence in public services
- Public entities financial statements fairly representing actual results
- The Integrity and Conduct survey measure of State servants reporting any observed misconduct
- Kiwis Counts respondents reporting most recent public service experience was good value for tax dollars spent
- Kiwis Count respondents reporting satisfaction with public services
The measures indicate why New Zealand maintains a favourable reputation on the international stage as one of the exemplars of good government. There are a number of measures that could have been added to the diagram that would support that status, including the Ease of Doing Business Survey and the recent Sustainable Governance Indicators.