20 Jun 2007

Changes on the way after damning audit report into Cook Islands public service

2:18 pm on 20 June 2007

The Cook Islands public service commission says it is instituting changes after a number of critical audit reports were tabled in parliament yesterday.

The audit reports focused on alleged misuse of funds by employees in several ministries and the teachers training college, and on negligent behaviour at the ports authority.

The public service commissioner, Navy Epati, says it is implementing changes, but he adds that more needs to be done.

"Yes, these things have to be addressed within what applies now, what is relevant legislation, what is relevant law, what are relevant policies and regulations and so forth. At the same time, we need to put resources aside, both financial and intellectual, to address these issues as they crop up."

Navy Epati says he has already tabled a concept paper with cabinet calling for a review of the public service that he labels outdated.