13 April 2018
The Office of the Auditor-General has released a report into how the OIO uses information to assess applications from overseas people seeking to acquire sensitive New Zealand assets.
LINZ welcomes the report and thanks the Office of the Auditor-General for undertaking the review.
We are pleased that the report generally confirms that the OIO’s use of information provides decision makers with appropriate information to support its recommendations. We consider the report is balanced and fair.
We acknowledge the suggestions made on how we could make improvements in our use of information and will look at how we can include them in our processes.
The OIO has implemented a number of changes over the last 18 months in the operational areas of the business. These include:
- improving the information on released decision summaries so that they are more accessible for media and other interested parties;
- updating website content to support the new application process and providing guidance on how to best make an application;
- providing website information around enforcement priorities, processes and on enforcement action taken;
- continuing stakeholder engagement and education programmes, including establishing a Legal Reference Group of sector representatives and working with other agencies such as the Department of Conservation in respect of some applications.
The OIO continues to improve our processes and information provided to applicants, their advisors and other interested parties.
You can read the report on the Auditor-General’s website
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