Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Former Niue premier dies

Foreign Minister, Nanaia Mahuta has expressed her sadness at the death of former Premier of Niue, Frank Fakaotimanava Lui, who died peacefully at the weekend. 

“Hon Fakaotimanava Lui was widely respected and made a significant contribution to Niue. He will be deeply missed,” Minister Mahuta said.  

The Hon Fakaotimanava Lui (pictured) was Premier of Niue from 1993 to 1999 and a Minister in preceding years. He was first elected to Parliament in 1963, serving in administrations with Niue’s founding politicians Sir Robert Rex and Young Vivian.   

During his time as Premier, Niue banned the transportation of nuclear waste through its waters and introduced tougher penalties for drift net fishing. The period also saw the construction and opening of the Matavai Resort, paving the way for tourism to become a key contributor to Niue’s economic development. He was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 1999. 

Nanaia Mahuta offered her condolences to Hon Fakaotimanava Lui’s family and the people and government of Niue. 

Piki ake ki te toi o ngā rangi, ki Matariki, whanaunga kore. Oki oki atu rā. 

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