NO POLITICAL PARTIES PLEASE, SAY NIUEANS

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ALOFI, Niue (April 1, 2002 - Niue Economic Review/PINA Nius Online)---Research conducted for the Niue "Living Community" project indicates a common consensus among Niueans against party politics.

Among reasons given for abandoning party politics are the divisions it creates among families and within the general community during election time.

Concern was also expressed at the influence of the church in politics, alleging it is causing "disunity."

A final project report by two New Zealand researchers -- prepared for the Niue and New Zealand governments -- is expected to be released in mid-April.

Niue goes to the polls on April 20 with the established Niue Peoples Party being challenged by the Alliance of Independents, which claims to be "a team not a party."

Also highlighted in a project discussion paper were rifts between New Zealand resident Niueans and those living on Niue. There are 1,400 residents of Niuean descent on Niue and 18,477 living in New Zealand.

The paper alleged, after a number of interviews, that Niueans in New Zealand felt neglected by both the New Zealand Government and the Niuean Government.

However, the New Zealand Niuean groups interviewed considered the link between the two countries as being important and one that should be fostered.

Some island residents called for a change in "spoon fed" attitudes -- expecting to receive things without doing anything or very little for foreign aid. They also opposed nepotism and the tendency of island authorities to hijack endeavors not initiated by the government.

For additional reports from the Niue Economic Review, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Magazines/Journals/Niue Economic Review.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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