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ALOFI, Niue (January 21, 2002 – Niue Economic Review)---The Government of Niue is having trouble hiring an Attorney General.

The top chief legal adviser's job on the island has been advertised internationally since October 2000, and officials say there were only three applicants. One was from Germany.

The officials say it appears the government is not offering enough money to lure a top lawyer to the tiny island, which has a population of 1,600.

The AG's job specification is advertised as providing legal advice, contracts and other legal documentation, draft legislation and providing services to the courts.

The successful applicant should have at least 10-15 years experience in legal work and practice, the ability to work under pressure and to manage workloads and resources effectively.

The advertisement says a high level of inter-personal skills, an ability to provide high quality advice and to negotiate effectively are essential.

The job is available on a two-year contract.

The present acting Attorney General is Togia Sioneholo, who is Secretary to Justice and registrar of the High Court.

The previous Attorney General, Warner Banks, a former Hong Kong Magistrate now living in Australia, was fired by Premier Sani Lakatani after a row over legal advice he provided police when the Speaker of Parliament ordered the removal of a woman MP from the Legislative Assembly.

The former Chief of Police, New Zealand detective senior sergeant Andy Lovelock, quit his job soon after saying he could not carry out his duties.

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