Major projects reports

Between 2010 and 2018, the Ministry of Defence and the New Zealand Defence Force (collectively 'Defence') have produced the Major Projects Report (MPR) with an independent review process undertaken by the Office of the Auditor General. Since 2019 the MPR has been reviewed by Audit New Zealand. The report tracks the overall progress and project management performance of Defence’s major capability projects. These are projects where the Government has authorised Defence to purchase new Defence equipment.

The MPR helps Defence to identify lessons from its recent experiences in the definition, purchasing and delivery of major capabilities and, by doing this, informs change and provides opportunities for improvement in the management of future projects.

The MPR also gives external and internal stakeholders increased visibility of the progress of major capability projects, and greater assurance that Defence is managing them appropriately. Defence recognises its obligation to provide this transparency since major capability projects involve significant risks and are typically complex and expensive.

The reports are independently reviewed - since 2019 by Audit New Zealand - and focus on how well projects are:

  • keeping to the approved budget
  • keeping to the agreed schedule
  • delivering equipment to the specifications provided for in the contract.

Copies of the most recent Major Project Reports are available on the publications page.