22 Mar 2007

Adviser to Cook Islands Prime Minister says researchers will be better monitored

7:02 pm on 22 March 2007

The adviser to the Cook Islands Prime Minister, Trevor Pitt, says the movements of international researchers within the country will be better monitored.

An office has been set up on the main island Rarotonga to inform the people of the Cook Islands about the outcome of research that is being done in the country.

Mr Pitt says in the past researchers have paid their 50 dollars and gone about their work, but that's set to change.

"The management of research here has been very weak over the years where we've had a number of and a whole range of scientists, academics, and consultants who have come into the country, and slipped under the radar and perhaps conducted their research activities and left without us knowing about it."