NIUE’S OFFICIAL POPULATION COUNT OF 1,913 MAY BE TOO HIGH

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NIUE’S OFFICIAL POPULATION COUNT OF 1,913 MAY BE TOO HIGH

ALOFI, Niue (May 25, 2000 – Niue Economic Review)---Guessing the population is a favorite pastime of many on The Rock. Official figures taken in October 1999 during a Constitution month mini census indicate a total of 1,913 -- 969 males and 944 females. That's a drop of 175 since the last census in 1997. But what about May 2000? How many of us are residing on the island this month?

The migration has substantially increased during the past nine months.

Keeping tabs on the population and other vital statistics is Sharon Hill an Auckland based statistician who has been seconded to Niue for 12 months. She's building up a database and hopes within the next few months to bring out quarterly figures on tourism, GDP and inflation.

Another specialist NZ statistician is arriving shortly to assist with setting up the database.

Ms. Hill is funded by the NZODA.

And for those who thrive on detail, the 1999 mini census reveals the smallest village is Namukulu, with nine households and 20 residents. Alofi (North and South) has the highest population of 655, despite 77 moving away since 1997.

There are 517 occupied homes on the island.

Here are the village figures for October 1999: Makefu 92; Tuapa136; Namukulu 20; Hikutavake 68; Toi 31; Mutalau 121; Lakepa 120; Liku 89; Hakupu 234; Vaiea 65; Avatele 138; Tamakoutoga 142; Alofi South 403; Alofi North 252.

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