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Pacific's Niue creates huge marine sanctuary

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Niue MP challenges bottled water claims

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NZ aids Niue tourism, communications and solar power

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Pre-election pay rise in Niue raises concerns

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NZ Governor General arrives in Niue

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Pihigia gets nod as Niue's man in Wellington

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Niue language in crisis - academic
An academic says the Niue language is at crisis levels with New Zealand born Niueans not speaking the language forefathers. Niueans are celebrating their language, culture and heritage this week in New Zealand as part of the Pacific Language weeks. The University of Auckland's John McCaffery said he had studied Pacific languages for four decades and believes the Niue language could be gone within five years   Read More ...
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More effort is needed to ensure survival of Niue language
A Niuean broadcaster says all Niueans shoulder the responsibility to ensure the future survival of their language and culture. In the 2013 census, Niue peoples were the fourth largest Pacific ethnic group, with almost 79 percent born in New Zealand. Of those born here, just 7.5 percent speak Vagahau Niue, the Niuean language. This week's Niue Language theme focuses on the Heart of Niue People or 'Ko e Vagahau Niue ko e Atefua he Tagata Niue'   Read More ...
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Pacific’s Niue creates huge marine sanctuary
WELLINGTON – The tiny Pacific island nation of Niue on Friday announced the creation of a huge marine sanctuary, saying it wanted to stop overfishing and preserve the environment for future generations. While Niue’s landmass is only 260 square kilometers (100 square miles), its remote location about 2,400 kilometers northeast of New Zealand means it lays claim to vast tracts of ocean   Read More ...
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Pacific's Niue creates huge marine sanctuary
Wellington (AFP) - The tiny Pacific island nation of Niue on Friday announced the creation of a huge marine sanctuary, saying it wanted to stop overfishing and preserve the environment for future generations. While Niue's landmass is only 260 square kilometres (100 square miles), its remote location about 2,400 kilometres northeast of New Zealand means it lays claim to vast tracts of ocean   Read More ...
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Pacific's Niue creates huge marine sanctuary
WELLINGTON: The tiny Pacific island nation of Niue on Friday announced the creation of a huge marine sanctuary, saying it wanted to stop overfishing and preserve the environment for future generations. While Niue's landmass is only 260 km², its remote location about 2,400 km northeast of New Zealand means it lays claim to vast tracts of ocean. The government said that 40% of its exclusive economic zone, about 127,000 km² representing an area roughly the size of Greece, would be set aside for the marine sanctuary   Read More ...
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Maritime safety boost for Niue
The New Zealand Coastguard says a new search and rescue vessel destined for Niue will be a huge game changer for maritime safety. Patrick Holmes said three Niuean crew had nearly completed their training with the new boat in Christchurch and were very excited to put the vessel into use once it reaches Niue in November. He says having a dedicated, modern, well equipped rescue vessel and highly trained crew will make a big difference to responsiveness   Read More ...
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Niue MP challenges bottled water claims
A Niue MP is seeking a declaratory judgement over claims made by a bottled water operation on Niue. The business has been planning to export what it's calling 100 percent pure artesian water. But MP Terry Coe disputes this claim. He said the Niue water did not fit the definition of artesian in that it needed to be pumped from the aquifer under the island   Read More ...
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Rare skink thought to be extinct found in Niue
Called the Olive Tree skink, the reptile is endemic to Niue and American Samoa. The five-year Ridge to Reef project, set up to help the Ministry of Natural Resources, aims to ensure the survival of endangered species. Its spokesperson Thomas Talagi said finding the skink was exciting as it was believed predators like rats had wiped the species out. "Actually it was a tourist who alerted us to it   Read More ...
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Rare skink thought to be extinct found in Niue
A rare skink thought to be extinct in Niue has been found again, alive and well on the island. Called the Olive Tree skink, the reptile is endemic to Niue and American Samoa. The five-year Ridge to Reef project, set up to help the Ministry of Natural Resources, aims to ensure the survival of endangered species. Its spokesperson Thomas Talagi said finding the skink was exciting as it was believed predators like rats had wiped the species out   Read More ...
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Niue Premier says Budget criticism wrong
The premier of Niue, Sir Toke Talagi, has dismissed a claim from MP Terry Coe that donor funds are being used to meet a Budget shortfall. Niue's latest Budget has a deficit of $US803,000 but Sir Toke, who is recovering after medical treatment in Auckland, said his government coped with a much higher deficit in 2008. Sir Toke said donor funds were not being used to cover the deficit and his government would not behave in such a cavalier fashion   Read More ...
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New deficit budget passed in Niue
There are signs of strain in the Niue economy with plans for an increase in pensions put on hold along with further wage increases for public servants. A new deficit Budget has been passed while a series of new fundraising regulations, including a much higher departure tax, are being brought in. This comes just two months after the premier Sir Toke Talagi had described the Niue economy as robust   Read More ...
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Niue economy under strain
There are signs of strain in the Niue economy with plans for an increase in pensions put on hold along with further wage increases for public servants. A new deficit Budget has been passed while a series of new fundraising regulations, including a much higher departure tax, are being brought in. This comes just two months after the premier Sir Toke Talagi had described the Niue economy as robust   Read More ...
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Niue leader extends Auckland medical stay
Sir Toke Talagi has already been in Auckland for nearly two months. He said he was getting better but was still in need of treatment. Sir Toke had serious health issues last year, requiring him to be medivacced from the island to New Zealand on two occasions. Niue passes a deficit budget. Meanwhile, the Niue parliament has passed the 2017 Budget, leaving the island with a deficit of about $US800,000 dollars   Read More ...
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Niue govt brings in a raft of new charges
The Niue government is introducing a series of new charges on businesses and residents. Water has been free but business operators are now being asked to pay $US73 dollars a quarter for water use. The businesses will also pay a similar amount for a new environment tax, which is to cover such things as oil disposal. In addition the government is now charging for access to television with the end of the analogue signal, while visitors will have to pay a hefty $US59 dollars departure tax, more than double the old rate   Read More ...
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NZ aids Niue tourism, communications and solar power
Mr English said new facilities at the island's only hotel, the Matavai Resort, will help establish Niue as an event and conference venue. He said it is part of a plan to spread tourist visits over the year, to reduce the environmental impact and to extend the benefits for the local economy. New Zealand will also help fund Niue connecting to the Manatua submarine cable between Samoa and French Polynesia   Read More ...
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NZ aids Niue tourism, communications and solar power
New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English, who is in Niue, has opened new tourism facilities and unveiled plans to improve services for local households. Mr English said new facilities at the island's only hotel, the Matavai Resort today will help establish Niue as an event and conference venue. He said it is part of a plan to spread tourist visits over the year, to reduce the environmental impact and to extend the benefits for the local economy   Read More ...
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China to fund Niue road job
The island's premier Sir Toke Talagi said engineers and consultants from China have been on the island preparing for the fix-up which would cost nearly $US14 million ($US13.86). Sir Toke said the money was a grant not a loan. "It'll be a grant based on what they give us on an annual basis, all accumulated over the past ten years or so, because we haven't been able to draw on those funds therefore they've agreed that perhaps that's how it should be funded," he said   Read More ...
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China to fund Niue road job
The reconstruction of Niue's roads is to be paid for with Chinese aid money. The island's premier Sir Toke Talagi said engineers and consultants from China have been on the island preparing for the fix-up which would cost nearly $US14 million ($US13.86). Sir Toke said the money was a grant not a loan. "It'll be a grant based on what they give us on an annual basis, all accumulated over the past ten years or so, because we haven't been able to draw on those funds therefore they've agreed that perhaps that's how it should be funded," he said   Read More ...
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Niue cabinet sworn in
One of Niue's new MPs Mona Ainu'u has a place at the cabinet table alongside some veterans of Premier Sir Toke Talagi's government. Sir Toke's new cabinet was sworn in yesterday. Tala Niue reports Sir Toke has retained his ministers, Pokotoa Sipeli, Billy Talagi and Dalton Tagelagi. But he has made changes to his associate minister line-up, replacing Kupa Magatogia and Joan Viliamu with Andrew Funaki and Ms Ainu'u   Read More ...
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Pre-election pay rise in Niue raises concerns
Newly elected Niue MP Terry Coe says civil servants should not have been awarded a pay rise so close to the election. Most workers in Niue are employed by the government and Mr Coe says the recent hikes for up to 40 percent of government workers affected the election results. Provisional results showed Mr Coe was the second highest polling candidate and the former premier Sir Toke Talagi polled third   Read More ...
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Veteran Niue opposition member to challenge Talagi
A veteran opposition member in Niue says he, or a fellow member of the opposition, will go for the island's premiership. The premier is elected by the country's 20 assembly members. Niue went to the polls at the weekend and leadership hopefuls including the former premier Sir Toke Talagi are now in the process of garnering support. Terry Coe, who's spent 22 years in opposition, polled second, according to provisional results, and ahead of Sir Toke on the common roll   Read More ...
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Niue's parliament at least 20 percent women
Provisional election results in Niue indicate a boost to women's representation in parliament. At least four women have won a place in the 20 seat legislature after the country went to the polls at the weekend. A fifth woman Maureen Melekitama is in a tie for one of the 14 village seats. There were two women in the Fono Ekepule during the last parliamentary term   Read More ...
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Jacobsen takes lead in Niue poll
Preliminary results from yesterday's election in Niue show that O'Love Jacobsen has won most votes for the common roll seats. 20 seats are at stake for the Niue parliament. Ms Jacobsen, who has been Niue's High Commissioner to New Zealand, won 452 votes. Veteran opposition politician Terry Coe is in second place with 431, followed by the long-serving premier Sir Toke Talagi on 424   Read More ...
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Polls open for Niue elections
Polls have opened in Niue where a record number of candidates are vying for a seat in the common roll. A record number of 23 candidates are vying for the island's six common role seats, 10 of them women, also a record high. The other 14 seats in parliament are made up of members from village constituencies. Polls opened in across the island at 9 o'clock this morning, and will close at 6pm   Read More ...
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More flights to Niue
Press Release – Wright Communications. More flights to Niue. Twice-a-week return flights to Niue from Auckland will now operate year-round following an agreement between the Niue Government and Air New Zealand. Previously the airline has operated one service a week between early November and late March; it is now extending operations during that period to twice-weekly. Niue Tourism Director of Marketing Felicity Bollen says growing visitor numbers and an increasing demand for seats has prompted the airline to extend the service   Read More ...
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New approach in Niue village health outreach
Increasing health issues remain a concern in Niue despite a number of health initiatives implemented on the island over the last decade. Since the island's last Non-Communicable Diseases survey in 2011, NCD rates have continued to rise and compliance to medication among locals has been an ongoing challenge. The health department's principal public health officer, Grizelda Mokoia, said they're now changing the way they reach out to village communities in an effort to see better results   Read More ...
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Threatened by emigration, Niue's artists work to keep tradition alive
Artists in Niue are using their skills to help preserve culture and traditions under threat from mass emigration. The island's population has declined by 70 percent in the last decade, leaving behind an aging population. Those elders are among those fighting to preserve the Niuean language and pass on cultural traditions and knowledge. A master carver, Timothy Magaoa, said it was crucial that traditional practices were passed on to the next generation   Read More ...
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Nearly half contesting Niue's common roll seats are women
Nearly half of those hoping to run for common roll seats in Niue's election next month are women. The provisional roll released on Friday includes what's believed to be a record 24 candidates contesting the six nationally elected seats, ten of them women. The other 14 seats are elected by majority vote in single-member constituencies representing the 14 villages of Niue   Read More ...
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Good turn out for Niue Walk for Life
About 150 people turned up to Niue's national hospital this morning to participate in the island's annual Walk For Life event celebrating better health in their communities. The 5 km walk which kicked off at 5am local time was organised by the island's cultural division, Taoga Niue, and the national Health Department. The walk is a promotion of the Decade of Healthy Living plan which began in 2014 and is aimed at raising awareness on different health issues in Niue and improving the health of the island's population of 1600   Read More ...
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Labour leader Andrew Little had 'moral obligation' to scrutinise Niue hotel deal
Labour leader Andrew Little says his comments about a Niue hotel deal at the heart of a defamation case were part of his "moral obligation" to hold the Government to account. Little took the witness stand on Wednesday for the first time in the defamation trial, saying he had obtained a $100,000 loan against his home in an unsuccessful attempt to reach a settlement with Scenic Hotel Group founders Earl and Lani Hagaman   Read More ...
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Labour leader Andrew Little: Niue hotel comments aimed at Government, not Hagamans
Labour leader Andrew Little has taken the witness stand for the first time in his defamation trial, saying his comments at the centre of the case were directed at the Government and not millionaire hotel owners. Scenic Hotel Group founders Earl and Lani Hagaman are seeking $2.3 million in damages for comments Little made about a $101,000 donation they made to the National Party during the 2014 election, and a contract their Scenic Hotel Group won a month later to manage the Matavai resort in Niue, which receives government funding   Read More ...
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Niue museum step closer
Niueans are hoping work on a new museum will start soon after a ground-breaking ceremony at its new site on Thursday. The museum was destroyed in Cyclone Heta in 2004 and artefacts which weren't swept away in the storm have been housed in a temporary building. New Zealand's Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy, who has been visiting the island, planted a coconut tree in a ground breaking ceremony for the project funded with aid from New Zealand   Read More ...
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Niue hopeful of China's help to fix roads
Niue is hoping to sign a deal with the Chinese government by mid year to have the island's badly potholed ring road fixed up. The head of Niue's SOE Group Wayne Harris-Daw said it was a $US20 million job as the roads have not been touched for 18 years. He said the Chinese government would put the job out to tender to Chinese firms and the selected contractor would bring in labour but use local materials   Read More ...
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Niue gains extra flight throughout year
Niue has signed a deal with Air New Zealand for two flights a week to carry on year round. The airline has been operating a second flight only during the high season and was due to return to the twice weekly flights from the end of this month. The Secretary to the Niue government Richard Hipa said Niue had signed an air services agreement with the airline for the second flight to continue through the low season   Read More ...
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Niue gains extra flight throughout year
The airline has been operating a second flight only during the high season and was due to return to the twice weekly flights from the end of this month. The Secretary to the Niue government Richard Hipa said Niue had signed an air services agreement with the airline for the second flight to continue through the low season. "It's good news for us and we just hope there'll be bums on seats to make it economical   Read More ...
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Talagi plans to run for Niue leadership again
Niue's premier Sir Toke Talagi has announced he will run again for Niue's leadership. Fresh from the conferral of his knighthood at a celebration in Alofi, Sir Toke said he had unfinished business and planned to seek a fourth term in the upcoming election in May. The Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy flew into Niue yesterday for the special ceremony at the fale fono   Read More ...
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NZ Governor General arrives in Niue
New Zealand's Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy has arrived in Niue. It is her first international trip as New Zealand's representative of Queen Elizabeth. Dame Patsy was challenged in a traditional takalo ceremony on her arrival followed by an inspection of a guard of honour made up of the Niue Police. She told gathered members of the local legislature that she had chosen Niue and the Cook Islands for her first overseas trip as away of reinforcing the countries' special relationship with New Zealand   Read More ...
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Pihigia gets nod as Niue's man in Wellington
Niue's new high commissioner to New Zealand will be long-time politician, Fisa Pihigia. Mr Pihigia worked as a customs officer before he became an MP in 1993 and then a cabinet minister. He replaces O'Love Jacobsen who is returning to Niue after six years in Wellington. Mrs Jacobsen, who had previously been in cabinet, wants to return to parliament in the May 6th elections and has made no secret of   Read More ...
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More strife for Niue internet provider
A battle over the provision of internet services has flared up again in Niue. A privately-owned internet provider, Rocket Systems, was shut down by the Niue Government in April ostensibly because the company had started charging for a service that was previously free. After an outcry the company was allowed to restore services and negotiate to resolve matters the government took issue with. That was the situation until this week   Read More ...
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Call for rethink of Niue's constitutional arrangement with NZ
The outgoing Niue High Commissioner to New Zealand wants a re-assessment of the constitutional arrangement between the two countries. O'Love Jacobsen is returning to Niue to contest the elections in May after representing her country in Wellington for the past six years. Niue is self-governing in free association with New Zealand and its citizens are also citizens of New Zealand. Mrs Jacobsen said it was not clear whether for New   Read More ...
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