Saturday, July 13, 2024

Niue celebrates self-governed half century

Deputy Prime Minister, Winston Peters, has attended Niue’s half-century of self-government celebrations.

Mr Peters, who also attended Niue’s 25th anniversary of self-government in 1999, says it was a pleasure to return for the 50th anniversary with a broad political delegation from New Zealand.

“New Zealand and Niue share a unique bond, forged over 50 years of free association,” Mr Peters says.

“We are looking forward to working together to continue advancing Niue’s human and economic development.

“We are determined to build the capacity of Niue’s public sector, including by funding critical roles within key government departments and strengthening its public financial management systems.

“This broad public sector support for the Government of Niue will be worth $13 million over the next five years and aims to assist in realising Niue’s social and economic potential over the next 50 years.”

The Deputy Prime Minister also toured Niue Primary School.

During the visit, the New Zealand delegation is holding high-level talks with Niue’s political leadership; travelling onboard a New Zealand-funded search and rescue vessel; spending time at Niue High School discussing how students envision its future in the next half century; and holding a ground-breaking ceremony for the New Zealand-funded renewable energy project announced by Prime Minister Luxon on his trip to Niue last month.

Mr Peters is being accompanied in Solomon Islands by Minister of Customs and for Seniors Casey Costello; Chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee (FADTC) Tim van de Molen; FADTC members Damien O’Connor and Teanau Tuiono; and Chair of the Labour Pacific Caucus, Jenny Salesa.

Niue is the third and final destination of the delegation’s Pacific tour this week. The delegation returns to New Zealand today.

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