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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
> 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.
> IN A NUTSHELL
> 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
> 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
> 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.
> Forum Summit Delayed
> This years Pacific Islands Forum leaders summit is being
> delayed to ensure greater participation by the member
> 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
> 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
> 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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