In today's email we welcome Rod Oram to the Newsroom team.
Auditor-General Martin Matthews has fallen on his sword over allegations he could have done more to stop a major fraudster while at the Ministry of Transport.
In this email we look at how today's Budget will be dominated by the need to respond to the pressures on housing, public services and transport caused by a surging population.
Much of Parliament and the Beehive were focused yesterday on the Auditor General's report on Murray McCully and the Saudi Sheep deal. It found no evidence of corruption, but criticised the "significant shortcomings" in the deal and a lack of transparency, which it said the public was right to be concerned about and had yet to be resolved.
The ratepayers of Mangawhai were the first to hear the report of the Auditor-General’s inquiry into the Mangawhai waste water scheme , when Auditor-General Lyn Provost herself delivered it to a packed public meeting in the town.