7 Feb 2005

Niue review suggests radical administration change

2:47 pm on 7 February 2005

The latest details from a review into Niue's Public Service suggest a radical reorganisation of the Government.

Reports from Niue suggest the former New Zealand State Services Commissioner, Don Hunn, has proposed plans to cut the number of ministries to four, or even to two basic units.

But Niue's deputy premier, Toke Talagi, says Mr Hunn's report is only a draft and at this stage hasn't gone before cabinet or the New Zealand government.

"We're keen to have a look at them, but it doesn't mean to say we will at the present moment implement them. The implementation of anything that he has recommended will be dependent on our ability to in fact do it, as well as ensuring that we don't create any more fuss than what may occur."

Niue's deputy premier, Toke Talagi.

Authorities in Niue have met New Zealand officials in Wellington to discussing a Memorandum of Arrangement signed last year.