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NZ aids Niue tourism, communications and solar power

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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

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NZ aids Niue tourism, communications and solar power

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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

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Pre-election pay rise in Niue raises concerns

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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

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NZ Governor General arrives in Niue

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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

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Pihigia gets nod as Niue's man in Wellington

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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

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NZ aids Niue tourism, communications and solar power
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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 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
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 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: 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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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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Niue Premier to be knighted at home by Governor General
Niue Premier to be knighted at home by Governor General The New Zealand Governor General, Dame Patsy Reddy, is to visit the Cook Islands and Niue next month. It will be Dame Patsy's first official visit to the two countries. While in Niue she is expected to knight Premier Toke Talagi. Mr Talagi, who has been premier since 2008, was made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year Honours. He has suffered ill-health   Read More ...
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Plagiarism vs. originality debate takes centre stage in book reading
The novelist Virginia Woolf once said that if you want to come up afresh in thousands of minds and books long after you were dead, the way to do it is to start thinking for yourself.   Read More ...
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