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ALOFI, Niue (February 24, 2001 – Radio Australia)---A New Zealand schoolteacher who accepted a position at Niue High School several weeks ago is suing the Niue Public Service Commission.

Rosemary Don of Christchurch, New Zealand is one of six expatriates hired to replace 10 local teachers who resigned last year over a pay dispute.

Ms. Don wants the Commission to pay her a full year's salary, repatriation costs, and exemplary damages following a dispute over contractual arrangements.

Niue's Chief Justice Norman Smith adjourned the matter because the Commission's chairman was unable to give evidence due to illness.

Justice Smith said if the matter could not be settled by both parties, a hearing would be held next month.

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