NIUE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION CHANGES COMING

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ALOFI, Niue (March 9, 2002 - Niue Economic Review)---Niue's powerful Public Service Commission, which hires and fires government employees, is heading for a shake-up.

Three current commissioners' appointments end on March 28 and there is speculation there will be some major changes in personnel.

The outgoing government faces the resignation of commissioner Maiu Tiva Togatule, who has been appointed director of education, and the chairman of the commission, Maru Talagi, has confirmed to Niue News he'll be a seeking a common roll seat in the forthcoming election.

Mr. Talagi is director of the University of the South Pacific Niue Center and is a former president of the Niue Public Service Association.

Remaining are long time commissioner Uhotau Pasisi (58), a member since 1993, and inspector Terry Chapman, former secretary to the government and a former political advisor to the premier.

The Cabinet is expected to announce a new Commission before March 31.

The island's general election will be held on April 19 or 20.

Meanwhile, the director of tourism post remains vacant.

Sources say no appointment will be made until an NZODA review of the national tourism office is released.

The former director of tourism, Rosaalofa Rex, did not renew her contract and one of the office staff is now acting director.

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