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Table of Contents
                            Foreword
Contents
Summary
Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Findings across the grant programmes
Part 3: The Growth Services Fund
Part 4: Enterprise Development Grants
Part 5: Enterprise Network Grants
Part 6: The Major Events Fund
Part 7: The Strategic Investment Fund
Part 8: Evaluation of grant programmes
                        
Document Text Contents
Page 1

Report of the

Controller and Auditor-General
Tumuaki o te Mana Arotake

ISBN 0-478-18124-8

Page 2

Recent publications by the Auditor-General

Other publications issued by the Auditor-General in the past 12 months have been:

• Inquiry into the Ministry of Education’s monitoring of scholarships administered

by the Maori Education Trust

• Conflicts of Interest – A Guide to the Local Authorities (Members’ Interests) Act

1968 and Non-pecuniary Conflicts of Interest

• Central Government: Results of the 2002-03 Audits – B.29(04a)

• Local Government: Results of the 2002-03 Audits – B.29(04b)

• Annual Plan 2004-05 – B.28AP(04)

• Local Authorities Working Together

• Good Practice for Managing Public Communications by Local Authorities

• Accident Compensation Corporation: Case Management of Rehabilitation and

Compensation

• Maori Land Administration: Client Service Performance of the Maori Land Court

Unit and the Maori Trustee

• The State Services Commission: Capability to Recognise and Address Issues

for Maori

• Inquiry into Expenses Incurred by Dr Ross Armstrong as Chairperson of Three

Public Entities

• Social Security Benefits: Accuracy of Benefit Administration

• Ministry of Health: What Further Progress Has Been Made to Implement the

Recommendations of the Cervical Screening Inquiry?

Website

All these reports are available in PDF form on our website www.oag.govt.nz.
They can also be obtained in hard copy on request – [email protected]
A cost may apply for hard copies.

Subscription for Notification of New Reports

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Office of the Auditor-General

Private Box 3928, Wellington

Telephone: (04) 917 1500

e-mail: [email protected]

website: www.oag.govt.nz

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Part Four

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ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT GRANTS

4.19 After an application is approved, applicants have 20 working days to accept or decline
the offer of a grant. As part of accepting the offer, applicants are required to
acknowledge that information about the grant may be passed on to Members of
Parliament or the media, and that 20% of the grant will be withheld until the
fi nal report has been submitted. Applicants have one year to uplift their grant.

4.20 In addition to the EDG Team’s joint assessment of each grant application, we noted
that internal peer review had been sought for applications that scored close to the
benchmark.

Guidelines

4.21 NZTE has developed a comprehensive operational procedures manual for the members
of the EDG Team. This manual sets out the processes that EDG Team members are
expected to follow throughout the application process. The manual includes:

• instructions on the entry and processing of declined, awarded and expired
applications into NZTE’s client management system;

• application processing time requirements;

• background procedures for the New Zealand Companies Offi ce and credit check
inquiries;

• various templates (e.g. for acknowledging applications, declining and approving
applications, a document cover sheet for the paper fi le, and the fi nal report form);

• how to process claims from applicants; and

• the processes for contacting successful applicants who have not had contact with,
or made a claim to, the EDG Team for 180 days.

4.22 Grant guidelines and criteria are also published in the publicly available EDG
brochure.

4.23 The EDG manual contains an assessment sheet based on the Cabinet criteria that
each Team member uses to assess every application. To be approved, applications must meet
a total benchmark score that is documented in the manual.

4.24 A one-page appendix to the manual provides an overview describing how the criteria
are to be scored. However, this advice is brief, and some criteria are not addressed at
all. Assessment of key criteria is therefore determined by the skills and experience of
the EDG Team members.

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ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT GRANTS

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Part Four

Recommendation 10
We recommend that NZTE develop more comprehensive guidance for how each
Enterprise Development Grant criterion is to be interpreted.

Documentation

4.25 Grant fi les were generally well organised.

4.26 Where incomplete applications had been submitted, the EDG Team sought additional
information from the applicants. As a result:

• 4 applicants withdrew their applications;

• 2 applications were declined by the EDG Team;

• 2 applications were still pending at the time of our review; and

• 4 applicants provided more information and the application proceeded through to
approval.

NZTE’s approach to risk for Enterprise Development Grants

4.27 Two of the EDG assessment criteria address the fi nancial and organisational stability
of an applicant, and the ability and commitment of the applicant to implement their
project. These 2 criteria make up 30% of the overall score of an application.

4.28 Credit checks and New Zealand Companies Offi ce checks are required for each grant
applicant. The EDG manual includes instructions for undertaking these checks.

Were NZTE’s assessment procedures satisfactory?

4.29 NZTE’s assessment procedures were satisfactory. The EDG Team applies the same
effort to each grant, regardless of the size of the grant sought. However, from time to
time, the team will seek further information on an applicant from NZTE staff who
have previously dealt with the applicant.

Page 103

Recent publications by the Auditor-General

Other publications issued by the Auditor-General in the past 12 months have been:

• Inquiry into the Ministry of Education’s monitoring of scholarships administered

by the Maori Education Trust

• Conflicts of Interest – A Guide to the Local Authorities (Members’ Interests) Act

1968 and Non-pecuniary Conflicts of Interest

• Central Government: Results of the 2002-03 Audits – B.29(04a)

• Local Government: Results of the 2002-03 Audits – B.29(04b)

• Annual Plan 2004-05 – B.28AP(04)

• Local Authorities Working Together

• Good Practice for Managing Public Communications by Local Authorities

• Accident Compensation Corporation: Case Management of Rehabilitation and

Compensation

• Maori Land Administration: Client Service Performance of the Maori Land Court

Unit and the Maori Trustee

• The State Services Commission: Capability to Recognise and Address Issues

for Maori

• Inquiry into Expenses Incurred by Dr Ross Armstrong as Chairperson of Three

Public Entities

• Social Security Benefits: Accuracy of Benefit Administration

• Ministry of Health: What Further Progress Has Been Made to Implement the

Recommendations of the Cervical Screening Inquiry?

Website

All these reports are available in PDF form on our website www.oag.govt.nz.
They can also be obtained in hard copy on request – [email protected]
A cost may apply for hard copies.

Subscription for Notification of New Reports

We offer a subscription facility for people to be notified by e-mail when new Reports
and Latest News are added to the website. The link to this subscription service is on
our Home Page and also in the Reports section of the website.

Office of the Auditor-General

Private Box 3928, Wellington

Telephone: (04) 917 1500

e-mail: [email protected]

website: www.oag.govt.nz

Page 104

Report of the

Controller and Auditor-General
Tumuaki o te Mana Arotake

ISBN 0-478-18124-8

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