The Taxpayers’ Union revealed a massive cost overrun of a mismanaged IT project jointly commissioned by DoC and Land Information New Zealand (LINZ). Two independent reports on the project are damning of DoC. They blame mismanagement and ineffective governance for the project’s failure. It appears that LINZ has walked away from the project and has left DoC to pick up the pieces. A selection of the media coverage is below.
Another govt IT project failure - this time at DoC New Zealand Herald - 18/12/2013
Yet another Government IT project has gone off the rails with a new Department of Conservation land management system costing taxpayers millions in budget overruns while still failing to deliver as promised.
And as in the case of the Novopay debacle, officials have blamed an Australian IT company.
The National Property and Land Information System (NaPALIS) initiated two years ago was joint programme intended to replace the Department of Conservation's (DoC) and Land Information NZ's (Linz) existing systems, with Tasmanian company ICS winning the contract.
However documents obtained under the Official Information Act by activist group the Taxypayers Union reveal the $5.6 million project was completed several months late in September last year, required an extra $588,967 to complete and even then failed to function as required by DoC.
DoC has now allocated about $2 million of additional funding to make the programme fully operational.
Personality clashes causing budget blowout Newstalk ZB - 18/12/2013
Trouble between LINZ and DOC
Personality clashes between government departments could be to blame for a failing and over budget information system.
Documents released to the Taxpayers' Union show efforts for the Department of Conservation and Land Information New Zealand to work together to create a database of the country's land have been dodgy at best.
Union spokesperson Jordan Williams says the project is now $2 million over budget, and still not fully operational.
He says two independent reports blame ineffective governance, and even officials from the the two departments not getting along.
System now top priority
An expensive and overdue information system is now the top priority for Department of Conservation bosses to see fixed.
The National Property and Land Information System was due to be finished early last year, but still isn't fully operational, and needs an injection of $2 million for bug fixes.
Director-General Lou Sanson says he doesn't like waste, so he's determined to get it sorted.
He says taxpayers can be assured he'll wring maximum value out of the system to make up for the delays.
DoC admits failings over IT blow-out Radio New Zealand - 18/12/2013
Click here to listen to Checkpoint interview with Lou Sanson, Director General, DOC
Click here to listen to Checkpoint interview with Jordan Williams, Taxpayers' Union
Cost overruns with DOC computer system Otago Daily Times - 18/12/2013
Taxpayers' Union 'uncover massive IT screw up' Yahoo! New Zealand - 18/12/2013