NEW ZEALAND VOWS INCREASED AID TO NIUE

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Niue has been promised increased assistance from New Zealand,
with the Government indicating it is committed to helping the island in a number
of ways.

Niue’s population has dropped to below 1,500 people and the
island is fighting to maintain its economic viability.

The island nation is preparing investment proposals it hopes the
New Zealand Government will back.

Meanwhile Vince McBride, a New Zealand Foreign Affairs official
who chaired recent discussions with the island’s Government, says it is clear
Niue has very little capacity to help itself.

He says as a result New Zealand has suggested it provide a wider
range of support to Niue.

May 1, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: http://www.rnzi.com/ 

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