NIUE PREPARES FOR 100-YEAR CELEBRATION OF TIES WITH NEW ZEALAND

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ALOFI, Niue (July 3, 2000 – Niue Economic Review)---Preparations are under way for 100 year celebrations to mark the island's association with New Zealand.

Non-governmental, sports and youth groups are being encourage to plan for the celebrations to be held in 2001.

First moves to have Niue become a British protectorate were made in 1887 and again in 1899.

British Envy Plenipotentiary Basil Thomson proclaimed Niue a British protectorate in 1900 and on June 11, 1901 HRH Duke of Cornwall and York formally annexed the 256 square kilometer (102.4 square mile) island to the Dominion of New Zealand.

S. Percy Smith was appointed the first Government Resident in 1901 and was replaced four months later in 1902 by C.F. Maxwell, a resident agent.

In 1901 the population of Niue was 4,600 and a narrow road ran through eight of the 11 villages. Tracks from Alofi to Hakupu, Liku and Lakepa were also constructed. There were two horse buggies and a large number of Tongan horses used for transport. Roads were built by villagers and prisoners.

Niue attained self-government in free association with New Zealand in 1974.

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