5 Mar 2009

Cooks Mini Games head confirms audit into misspending underway

8:16 pm on 5 March 2009

The Cook Islands government has launched an investigation into the finances of the company in charge of September's Pacific Mini Games, amid allegations of misspending and conflicts of interest.

The games organiser's been dogged by controversy, including the sacking of the man originally hired to manage the event, and attracted criticism over a new multi-purpose sports facility.

The Pacific Mini Games Company's new chief executive says he signed an agreement this morning allowing the audit office to check the company's financial records.

But Mac Mokoroa says he's not aware of any misappropriation of funds.

"This is a normal practice that's always done when new heads of ministries take over a new office. When I took over as chief of staff for the office of Prime Minister that's what happened"

Mac Mokoroa says he expects the Audit Department to report its findings in a couple of weeks.