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Public Service Induction programme gets thumbs up from Aitutaki

20 September 2016

Public Service Commissioner Russell Thomas this week, delivered the public service induction programme to over 100 public servants on Aitutaki.  “The induction programme was a success and I felt privileged to help shed the light on our nation’s voyage to statehood to fellow public servants”.  Thomas confirmed that the programme “is part of our public sector strategy initiative to ensure all government employees understand their role as public servants and the workings read more

Training Opportunities

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Pacific Islands Centre for Public Administration (PICPA) also offer training opportunities: https://picpa.usp.ac.fj/read more

Strengthening Public Sector Leadership in the Cook Islands

29 June 2016

Public Servants attending a training workshop at USP 2015


A group of 25 senior public servants will commence a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management at the University of the South Pacific (USP) from mid-July.    This week, public servants from health, education, finance, foreign affairs and immigration, justice, infrastructure, crown law, parliament, the ombudsman’s office, prime ministers’ office and the office of the public service commissioner received their letters of acceptance into read more

Cook Islands Government partners with Australia to implement the New Colombo Plan

Eleven legal interns from the University of Newcastle in Sydney Australia commenced a three-week internship programme DSCN0383within government agencies yesterday.  The group led by their law school lecturer Dr Kevin Sobel-Read, were hosted by the Office of the Public Service Commissioner to a Public Service induction programme on their first day.

Public Service Commissioner Russell Thomas said “this is a wonderful opportunity for these students to work alongside our public servants and contribute to the read more

Strategic Plan 2016-2020

The Office of the Public Service Commissioner is seeking the view of the general public on key areas you think the office should focus on in its Strategic Plan 2016-2020.

Please see below for the questionnaire. Please be advised these are due by Thursday 25th March.

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PRESS RELEASE – CIG Public Sector Strategy 2016-2025 launched in English and Cook Islands Maori

26 January 2016

“It is a privilege to publicly release the Cook Islands Government Public Sector Strategy 2016-2015 in English and Cook Islands Maori today”, said Public Service Commissioner, Mr Russell Thomas.

The ten year Strategy focuses on strengthening the people, structures and systems across the sector to achieve the government’s vision for a Public Service of Excellence.

Thomas explained that “this Strategy is our journey to excellence – focusing on improving our leadership and read more

PRESS RELEASE – Voluntary retirement scheme for government workers

7th December 2015

Today marks the launch of the Cook Islands Government Voluntary Retirement Policy for those aged 60 years and over. The incentivised policy provides voluntary retirement payouts for those who retire during the 2015/2016 fiscal year.

The retirement payout can only be paid once in a person’s lifetime and the maximum payout any government worker can receive is eight fortnights’ pay for those aged 65 years and who have worked for 30 years read more

PRESS RELEASE – PS Commissioner 2014/15 annual report released

24th November 2015

The PSC 2014/15 Annual Report highlights the public service performance for the year with the ministries of education, health and finance taking top awards.

The public service continued to expand the country’s economic base by way of taxation reforms to ease the burden on our people. These reforms reduced personal taxation rates and our senior citizens receiving significant increases in pensions during this period. Eligible residents aged 60-70 years received an additional read more

PRESS RELEASE – Finance, Health, Education get thumbs up in annual awards

10 November 2015

Heads of Finance, Health and Education have topped the annual Cook Islands Public Service Excellence Awards. Based on performance over the 2014/2015 fiscal year, Richard Neves, Elizabeth Iro and Sharyn Paio were rewarded this month for the exemplary performance of their respective ministries.

“These awards demonstrate our commitment to recognising and rewarding high performance and encourage us to share our successes with our teams – the people who help us achieve these read more

PRESS RELEASE – Head of Department Appointments

22 September 2015

Congratulations to the twelve heads of Public Service Departments.

Eight former heads of public service departments commenced their new contracts from 22 September 2015 with all employment contracts ending on 30 June 2018. They include: Matairangi Purea, Secretary of Agriculture; Elizabeth Iro, Secretary of Health, Bredina Drollet, Secretary of Internal Affairs, Tingika Elikana, Secretary of Justice, Ben Ponia, Secretary of Marine Resources, Ned Howard, Secretary of Transport, Elizabeth Wright-Koteka, Chief of Staff read more

PRESS RELEASE – Consultation Panel Report on the Public Service Strategy Published

11 September 2015

In June 2015, the Cook Islands Public Service Commissioner engaged a Consultation Panel to lead a consultation process on the draft Cook Islands Government Public Service Strategy 2015-2025. The Strategy was developed in response to the government’s vision to ensure the people of the Cook Islands enjoy the highest quality of life, and achieve their aspirations through an effective and efficient Public Service.

The Panel was tasked with the responsibility of seeking read more


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