An analyst and an auditor comment on David Cunliffe’s timesheet


I haven’t been following the DC thing too closely so my observation might be counter to reality. But, you might like to look at the billable hours a bit more closely.

There are 8 entries relating to fonterra, for a total of 1104.5 hrs. Each has a different code and descriptor, indicating a discrete engagement. Of the 8 descriptors, only 3 seem to resemble reorganisation, for a total of 262.5 hrs or 32 days. The rest is audit or other projects. Is that really credible?

The timesheet also shows a total of 4128 hrs between dec 95 and july 99. Theres about 6640 billable hrs in that time. So what did he do for about 314 days while on the payroll?

Apologies if my math is wrong – I’m doing this on the train. On the surface it just doesn’t look right, and my day job is to look for oddities in plain sight


Why is Cunners charging for a 1998 audit on 4th January 1998.

As a retired auditor, I’m sure any audits I was involved with would not have incurred any charges before the event!


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