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ALOFI, Niue (June 8, 1998 - PACNEWS/Ioane)—New Zealand's 1998-1999 recurrent aid to Niue will be reduced by $US 250,000 to $ 4 million, but special project funding will remain at approximately $US 2.5 million.

New Zealand, The Niue Economic Review reports, is preparing to further reduce assistance to Niue to $US 3 million over the next four years as it encourages the Polynesian micro-state to achieve greater government efficiency and accountability and become self-reliant.

New Zealand's 1998-1999 assistance to the Cook Islands totals $US 3.3 million; Tokelau $US 3.5 million; Papua New Guinea $US 6 million; Samoa $US 4.1 million; and Tonga $ US 3 million.

The total Kiwi 1998-1999 Pacific Islands region assistance program is $US 109 million, an increase of $US 3.3 million compared to 1997-1998.

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