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>     May 5, 2005 - Election News That You Need To Know About Niue
>    Recount Procedure Challenge Delays Result
>    The recount procedure on two tied seats in the Niue general
>    election continues. The islands electoral office now hopes to
>    have the winners announced before the weekend. The Toi village
>    seat that was tied will be decided tomorrow by names being
>    drawn from a hat.
>    The common roll Talagi/Hekau tied vote is subject to one party
>    raising an objection to a procedural matter which has been
>    referred to the Chief Justice who resides in New Zealand. That
>    may delay the progress on a final decision.
>    Waiting for the results has turned into a major talking point
>    by Niueans on the island and those living in New Zealand.
>    Niue News
>    has received a number of comments ranging from Niueans:   "
>    Why does it take too long to count a few votes" to " isnt it a
>    bit strange that two women who won provisional results are
>    subject to all this?".
>    In the tiny village of Toi where there were 15 voters,
>    challenger Ms Lili Muimatagi was one up on the sitting
>    candidate and former Cabinet Minister Dion Taufitu.
>    Ms Maihetoe Hekau (375) defeated Finance Minister Toke Talagi
>    (373) by two votes in the provisional results but electoral
>    staff later found errors in the count and declared it a tie.
>    [date.gif]  Friday, 06 May 2005
>    Maintaining the Peace In The Parliament
>    Alliance Want Compromise
>    On Cabinet Appointments
>    Premier hopeful Young Vivian seems to have the numbers to
>    maintain his leadership of the Niue government.
>    Counting on support from at least 11 MPs, his first challenge
>    will be appointing a Cabinet that reflects the wishes of the
>    island electorate. An alliance of independents - numbering
>    nine - are keen to pledge their support but want a positive
>    role in Niues growth and development.
>    A spokesperson for the alliance, Mrs OLove Jacobsen, met with
>    Mr Vivian this week to discuss building a relationship with a
>    new government to maintain growth and development.
>    Mrs Jacobsen said the alliance is happy with the leadership
>    but there was a discussion with Mr Vivian about the
>    composition of a new Cabinet. She said she was disappointed
>    with the talks and the alliance is to meet later to discuss
>    whether or not to challenge Mr Vivian.
>    "People indicated in the election that they want a change in
>    the Cabinet and voters want women more involved in the
>    decision making process," said Mrs Jacobsen.
>    Mr Vivian can reconcile the two factions in the Assembly by
>    appointing at least one Cabinet Minister from the alliance.
>    Their support is necessary to duplicate a further three years
>    of stability on the Treasury benches.
>    It will be a balancing act trying to please both factions. The
>    Premier elect may justify Ministerial appointments by using
>    the level of voter support for candidates. Common roll members
>    can lay claim to that one former Minister was elected
>    unopposed along with the candidate for Premiership.
>    Mrs Jacobsen said she made it clear to Mr Vivian that
>    collaboration on prime appointments would provide him with
>    additional on going support and shes hoping an agreement can
>    be reached before the first sitting of the Assembly. When
>    asked if she would stand for the leadership Mrs Jacobsen said
>    she would if there were indications of strong backing for an
>    alternative candidate to Mr Vivian.
>    Broken Blood Analysis Machine Worries MP
>    "Its disgraceful," said leading common roll Assembly member
>    Terry Coe. Within days of collecting the second highest number
>    of votes in last weekends election Mr Coe was criticising the
>    health department for failing to repair or replace its sole
>    blood analysis machine. He claimed the machine located in a
>    makeshift laboratory at the temporary Niue Hospital had been
>    out of order for almost two months and said those people on
>    the island requiring blood tests had to wait up to two weeks
>    for results to come from New Zealand.
>    With only one flight out of Niue once a week the delays were
>    frustrating those who are sick and need test results for the
>    proper treatment. Mr Coe told Niue News that when he
>    approached the acting director of health over the issue he was
>    unaware there was a problem.
>    Mr Coe also said a laboratory technician from New Zealand was
>    scheduled to replace a technician off island for training but
>    that never eventuated " because of bureaucratic bungling."
>    "That technician could have fixed the problem," said Mr Coe.
>    He also expressed concern that no effort had been made to send
>    the blood analysis machine to New Zealand for repair.
>    Friend Of Niue Appointed To Cooks
>    New Zealands next High Commissioner to Rarotonga will be
>    career diplomat John Bryan a former High Commissioner on Niue.
>    He replaces Kurt Meyer the first High Commissioner from New
>    Zealand to Niue. Like the Cook Islands, Niue shares a special
>    relationship with New Zealand.
>    "New Zealand and the Cook Islands are bound by strong
>    historical ties, common currency and citizenship. This year
>    the 40^th anniversary of the signing of the Cook Islands
>    constitution is also an important milestone for the
>    relationship between our two countries," Foreign Minister Phil
>    Goff said.
>    Mr Bryan already has extensive experience of working in the
>    Pacific. As well as having been High Commissioner in Niue, he
>    has previously served in Apia and Suva. Other postings include
>    Singapore, Bonn, New York and Brisbane.
>    Mr Bryan is currently Director of Property and Capital
>    Management Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
>    Trade. He takes up his appointment in August, replacing Kurt
>    Meyer.
>    Commission Receives Final Submissions
>    Final written submissions by the Niue Government, the
>    Commission Counsel and the Internet Users Society-Niue have
>    been made to the Commission of Inquiry into e mail and
>    internet services on the island.
>    The Commission, Judge David Ongley of Wellington, is expected
>    to release his report in July.
>    The Commission was instigated by former Premier Sani Lakatani
>    and first sat in Niue in March 2002.
>    The last hearings were held in Wellington early this year. The
>    Internet Users Society is the delegated manager of the country
>    code top level domain .NU and provides free internet and e
>    mail services to residents on the island. Its wifi services
>    have recently been expanded to include villages around the
>    island after government granted them permission to use
>    existing towers used for tv broadcasting and VHF transceiving.
>    Counting: Voters in Niue and extended family members resident
>    in New Zealand wonder how mistakes were made in the
>    provisional counts in the results of the general election last
>    weekend. In Toi village there were a total of 15 votes. A
>    check resulted in a tie. In the common roll provisionals
>    Finance Minister Toke Talagi (373) missed out by two votes to
>    Maihetoe Hekau (375). A check tied both candidates.
>    Money: The Bank of South Pacific branch on Niue is now a
>    Western Union Agent for money transfers. New Zealand Post and
>    many dairies in New Zealand are now agencies for Western
>    Union.
>    Memorial: While New Zealand resident Niuean start constructing
>    a memorial playground to Cyclone Heta victims Cathy Alec and
>    her infant son Daniel, acting Chief Justice Hingston will
>    conduct an inquest into the death of Ms Alec, a qualified
>    nurse who lived in rented premises at Alililuki. Her son
>    Daniel (19 months) died at the Starship Childrens Hospital in
>    Auckland of head injuries.
>    Construction: The first of two 80m x 7m slabs of concrete
>    floors for a steel portal-designed building at Niue's
>    Fonuakula industrial park has been poured. Its almost a year
>    since the park was scheduled to be constructed to house those
>    businesses wrecked by Cyclone Heta. The $400,000 building is
>    funded by New Zealand. Meanwhile, construction of the new $6m
>    hospital continues with wall framing almost complete.
>    Fishing: Long-liners from Samoa and New Zealand have been
>    fishing this week off Niue. Their catches will be processed at
>    the new $3m fish processing factory at Amanau and flown out to
>    international markets. One vessel from Samoa capsized and sank
>    in high seas off Niue during Cyclone Sheila while another
>    three vessels were hauled at Alofi and are undergoing
>    maintenance. Poll: There is a pessimistic
>    Finalist: A large portrait of Niuean artist and writer John
>    Pule by Auckland artist Martin Bell has made it on the
>    finalists list of the internationally acclaimed Archibald
>    Portraiture Prize, one of the longest running art awards in
>    Australia. Pules portrait is is on show at the Art Gallery of
>    New South Wales until July 3.
>    Pressure: Several stressed-out politicians in the weekends
>    general election have received treatment at the Niue Hospital
>    before and after the voting. High blood pressure was reported
>    to be the main problem.
>    Knowledge: A New Zealand government-backed organization
>    charged with improving the country's understanding of the
>    Pacific says it's having some success in using the media and
>    schools. The Pacific Cooperation Foundation says mainstream
>    New Zealanders need to know more about the region, as the
>    country's Pacific population continues to grow. A majority of
>    New Zealand residents may have heard of Niue but are unware of
>    its location in the South Pacific.
>    Venue: The government is back in the cyclone damaged Assembly
>    Chamber. For more than a year the Assembly meetings were held
>    in the Matavai Resort the islands tourist accommodation
>    flagship. But despite minor repairs to the water damaged
>    Chamber its back in use and likely to be the venue for
>    Parliament in 2005.
>    Quality: Expect interrupted international telephone calls to
>    Niue. The poor quality is being attributed to an alternative
>    satellite connection. Rates out of New Zealand remain at the
>    same at $1.38 per minute. The state of Telecom services on the
>    island has long been a contentious issue with officials
>    currently investigating the greater use of fibre optic cable.
>    Diseases: Samoa s Health Department says it will be able to
>    tackle sexually transmitted infections more effectively when
>    it gets results back from a survey undertaken earlier this
>    year.
>    Earlier studies of women in Samoa and Vanuatu found that rates
>    of chlamydia were high.
>    The assistant chief executive officer of public health, Dr
>    Nuualofa Tuuau Potoi, says one of the lessons they learned
>    from the earlier study was the importance of testing: [RNZI]
>    Tuna Research Flawed Says Expert
>    A new scientific study shows that global tuna stocks are not
>    at danger of depletion from overfishing, as earlier findings
>    had indicated.
>    The director of the Secretariat of the Pacific Communitys
>    Oceanic Fisheries Programme, Dr John Hampton, who headed the
>    latest research, said the previous conclusions, were based on
>    flawed methods of analysis.
>    The earlier research said 90% of all tuna stock was being
>    depleted, but Dr Hampton says while big eye tuna is at risk,
>    other species such as skipjack tuna and albacore are not.
>    He says the earlier research would have led people to believe
>    that draconian management levels were essential to replenish
>    tuna fish stocks, but this isnt the case. "We feel that such
>    draconian measures that have been suggested such as banning
>    long-line fishing arent warranted and that particular issue is
>    close to our hearts because long-line fishing in the Pacific
>    islands is a very important activity for Pacific Island
>    countries. Its an activity that if managed correctly can
>    provide a sustainable economic resource for those countries,"
>    said Dr Hampton.
>    [RNZI]
>    Forum Summit Delayed
>    This years Pacific Islands Forum leaders summit is being
>    delayed to ensure greater participation by the member
>    countries.
>    It is now scheduled to be held in the Papua New Guinea
>    capital, Port Moresby, from October 25 to 27.
>    Earlier this year, the PNG Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare,
>    indicated they planned to hold it in late August.
>    But an official in Sir Michaels office says it has been moved
>    amid concerns that some members could not make an August
>    meeting. The delay has been welcomed by the non-governmental
>    organizations in the region who want to participate in
>    discussions on the Pacific Plan.
>    Honour First For The Islands
>    Selina Marsh always wanted to be a vet, but after fainting
>    while watching an operation on a cat she realised she would
>    have to come up with a new plan, writes Stuart Dye in the New
>    Zealand Herald newspaper.
>    Always an avid reader, Mrs Marsh began studying literature.
>    This week, after eight years of study, she will become the
>    first Pacific Islander to graduate with a PhD in English from
>    the University of Auckland.
>    "It's incredible. I don't know how it's happened," said the
>    34-year-old.
>    Even more incredible is that there's no academic heritage in
>    Dr Marsh's mixed Samoan and Palagi family background. And
>    she's juggled her study with raising her three children and
>    two of their cousins who live in the nine-member family home
>    on Waiheke Island.
>    "It's a full and happy household - as is the way if you're an
>    Islander."
>    Dr Marsh is understandably proud of her achievement, but she
>    is also acutely aware of the significance.
>    She said that as her study progressed through bachelors,
>    masters and eventually to the doctorate, "the brown faces
>    slowly dropped away".
>    There were no role models or English courses in subjects that
>    appealed to her.
>    "I realized there was no one at that level to create those
>    courses so it has been hugely exciting to forge a new
>    curriculum this year."
>    Dr Marsh works part-time at the university teaching
>    masters-level Pacific women's literature.
>    Her own PhD was an investigation of the "foremothers" of a
>    little-known genre - the first-generation Pacific Island women
>    poets publishing work in English, including Jully Makini,
>    Grace Mera Molisa and Momoe Malietoa Von Reiche.
>    Dr Marsh said much of the creative literary and related work
>    from the Islands today was largely thanks to these women.
>    But they had been "a footnote" until now.
>    "This is offering a different face to academia and providing
>    what I wish I had had in the department."
>    Dr Marsh is one of 4857 students graduating at 11 capping
>    ceremonies in Auckland this week. Between them, they will
>    receive 5426 qualifications.
>    Almost half of those graduating are European/Pakeha and more
>    than a third are Asian. Maori and Pacific Island graduates
>    make up just 4.2 per cent each of the total.
>    [New Zealand Herald].
>    Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 May 2005 )
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