The organiser of a training programme for Pacific MPs in New Zealand this week says it aims to improve scrutiny of public spending.
MPs and secretariat staff from Cook Islands, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Samoa are in Wellington for the training which has been organised by the United Nations Development Programme.
The UNDP's Effective Governance Team Leader Dyfan Jones said it's an opportunity for them to observe how the New Zealand parliament works, to share ideas and implement better systems in their home countries.
"There's often these surveys done of the effectiveness of public financial management systems in the Pacific and they've clearly shown there's room for improvement. Every country is different and every country will have different levels of achievement, but what has been clear is the way that all Pacific countries can improve this and this is why we are having this event," said Dyfan Jones.