New Assistant Auditor-General for the Office of the Auditor-General

"Delighted to have worked with the Office of the Auditor-General to support the appointment of Russell Bates. Looking forward to the successes of his contribution to the team and organisation. Kai Pai Russell." - Katy Anquetil Sheffield Director, Wellington.

Press Release

Russell Bates joined the Office of the Auditor-General in December 2023 and leads the Parliamentary Group.

The Parliamentary Group is responsible for managing the Office’s relationships with Parliament’s select committees and with organisations in the central government sector. They include government departments, Crown entities, State-owned enterprises, and tertiary education institutions.

The Parliamentary Group is also responsible for advising the Auditor-General on key matters in these sectors and any proposed audit response. The Group maintains direct relationships with each public organisation in these sectors, their auditors, and a broad range of sector stakeholders.

Before joining the Office, Russell held various leadership roles, including General Manager Policy at Te Aka Whai Ora, Deputy Director Policy at the Office of Treaty Settlements, and Policy Manager at the Ministry for Primary Industries. 

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