Acting secretary of Internal Affairs, Paul Allsworth says the functions and role of Internal Affairs have dramatically changed over the past 52 years.
And he says a name change would better reflect the transformation that has taken place
As part of this process, expressions of interest from the public are being accepted up until December 1.
“Our secondary schools on Rarotonga have been advised and will participate in this process,” Allsworth says.
He adds that the core services provided by the ministry consist of welfare services and payments, social policy and services, labour, employment and consumer services, child, family and youth services and civil and community development services.
Then there are other important functions such as employers’ liability insurance or workers’ compensation, prices and the minimum wage, International Labour Organisation, gender, children’s policy and Human Rights Commission.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs, which is locally known Te Tango Ropianga has the slogan, “From cradle to grave,” which neatly describes the scope of its services.
The winning name from a participant or group selected by a panel will win $500.