4 Jul 2012

Review shows ministry doing better, but can improve

6:54 pm on 4 July 2012

A review of the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs has found it has lifted its performance, but needs to meet the expectations of Pasifika people better.

The State Services Commission report says following last year's performance review the ministry now has a clearer focus on its objectives and the Government's priorities.

However, it says there is more work to be done, including better engagement with Pasifika communities.

The report says while the Pasifika population is growing and is to reach 500,000 by 2026, it is lagging behind in education, employment levels, housing standards and health.

It says Pasifika people have increased expectations and the ministry will need to lead strategies to improve the outcomes for Pasifika communities in those areas.