WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Nov. 17) – There is growing anger in Niue at the lack of information and public consultation over a new fish processing factory being constructed on the island.

The US$700,000 plant, at Alofi, is part of a joint venture between the government and Reef Shipping, which has been attracted to Niue with a tax holiday extending over several years.

Opposition Member of Parliament Veve Jacobsen says two months ago the government promised it would provide information on the plant’s social and environmental impacts but nothing has been released.

Jacobsen says they also don’t know whether the fish will be coming from Niue’s stocks because the government is not keeping people informed.

"We are in total darkness as to what is going on," she said. "All we know is that construction is underway and that work is going ahead without the impact assessments from the areas of social, economic and environment."

November 17, 2003

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