Media statement from the State Services Commissioner, Michael Wintringham, 30 January 2004. 'Commenting on today's release of the Office of the Auditor General's report, the State Services Commissioner, Michael Wintringham, said he was pleased with the progress made by the Commission in recognising and addressing issues for Maori...' The Auditor General's report

Commenting on today's release of the Office of the Auditor General's report, the State Services Commissioner, Michael Wintringham, said he was pleased with the progress made by the Commission in recognising and addressing issues for Maori.

Mr Wintringham said that to help him meet his statutory responsibilities in relation to the Public Service, the Commission needed to develop and apply capability in this area.

"The Commission has developed its internal capability enormously in this important area and I am pleased that the Office of the Auditor General has recognised the progress made.

"Over the past few years the Commission has made considerable change to the way it goes about its business. The value of the new, more flexible and interactive, approach is recognised in this report, which features comments from Public Service chief executives who support the new way of working.

"The Commission will continue to refine and develop the way it supports the Commissioner discharge his responsibilities. The recommendations of this report will be useful to consider as we continue to develop our Māori responsiveness strategy and the way we work with chief executives and departments," Mr Wintringham said.

Contact:

Karen Jones, State Services Commission, 04 495 6657 or 021 136 9618

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