The 2013 Trans-Tasman Departments Report

June 4th, 2013 at 6:35 am by David Farrar

Trans-Tasman have published their 2013 report on Government Departments. A panel of 18 people (note I am one of them) rate the various agencies on different criteria, plus there is lengthy commentary on the challenges, budgets and work plans for each agency.

The five agencies who scored top overall marks were:

  1. Reserve Bank 5.07 (on a 1 to 7 scale)
  2. Inland Revenue 5.00
  3. Stats NZ 4.88
  4. Dept of Corrections 4.87
  5. Dept of Conservation 4.81

The overall pick as agency of the year was the Department of Corrections. It’s gone from always being in the news for the wrong reasons, to making significant progress on reducing re-offending rates,

There was a new category this year on the ability to implement the Minister’s policy agenda. The top five there are:

  1. Reserve Bank (English)
  2. Treasury (English)
  3. Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (Joyce)
  4. Ministry of Health (Ryall)
  5. NZ Police (Tolley)

The top five ranked CEOs were:

  1. Dept of Conservation (Al Morrison)
  2. Dept of Corrections (Ray Smith)
  3. Reserve Bank (Graeme Wheeler)
  4. Stats NZ (Geoff Bascand)
  5. Ministry of Business, Innovation, Employment (David Smol)

The overall pick for CEO of the Year was David Smol for overseeing the merger of several ministries into the new super-ministry with few problems.

The Dom Post has an article on the report also.

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5 Responses to “The 2013 Trans-Tasman Departments Report”

  1. Simon (612 comments) says:

    Those Keynesian clowns at Reserve bank responsible for the latest property bubble which masquerades as economic recovery. Crater interest rates and flood the banking system with paper can only end in tears.

    A few short years ago two of the major banks were teetering on the brink and the RBNZ had to be bailed out by the Feds. Nothing learned and the RBNZ will not be so lucky next time.

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  2. YesWeDid (1,002 comments) says:

    ‘The overall pick for CEO of the Year was David Smol for overseeing the merger of several ministries into the new super-ministry with few problems.’

    What, other than the China-meat fiasco? Where the minister basically said the department couldn’t do their job.

    And did you rate Al Morrison highly at DOC because he sacked a whole bunch of people without too much fuss?

    [DPF: You seem to have your ministries confused]

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  3. mikenmild (8,809 comments) says:

    YWD
    The meat labelling was the Ministry of Primary Industries, not MBIE (Smol’s department).

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  4. flipper (3,270 comments) says:

    DPF…
    Who at Trans Tasman cionducted the survey/made the judgments?

    Was it the semi retired Ian Templeton?

    Was it silly Max Bowden?

    If it was Tempo, I think he needs more time in retirement…. or better sources in 2013.

    Only the clowns inside the idiotic beltway, who suck off each other, and at the same time, suck on the tax payers tit, think such matters are important. They are NOT.

    Time to return to the real world, and matters that matter.

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  5. Mike Readman (353 comments) says:

    Inland Revenue?! Please tell me how it scored so high. When I worked there, it would take 4 weeks just to answer the simplest inquiry. Their phone system was a joke, it still is. Until recently, they were bugging my dead dad for tax returns and my mum told them he died.

    As for working out how much you owe them, there of course is the famous case of Dave Henderson – in case anybody is unfamiliar:

    From 1992 to 1995 he was audited 27 times after claiming a GST refund and the Inland Revenue Department demanded he pay $NZ924,341 in taxes and penalties. He was charged with fraud, his business failed and he was bankrupted and had to sell his house. The IRD eventually conceded that he did not owe it $NZ924,341, and fraud charges against him were dropped. They also admitted that they owed him $NZ64,000.

    I also personally know somebody who fought them for 17 years, now they’ve said she owes them $4, not $4 million.

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