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ALOFI, Niue (Niue News, Feb. 4) - A French Polynesian Intervention Group is on Niue, working around the clock constructing prefabricated houses for those who lost their homes during Cyclone Heta.

About 50 construction workers arrived on Niue with the building materials shipped in from Tahiti. More workers are expected next week.

French Polynesia's President Gaston Flosse said the team was set up to assist in civil security matters. They are scheduled to stay on Niue to help in reconstruction efforts for "at least four months."

The vessel Tahiti Nui is returning to Tahiti to load another batch of supplies for Niue.

Homeowners who lost their property are being re-housed first in areas around HuiHui and Fonuakula while those accommodated in government flats and houses and do not have family homes to live in will eventually get assistance with rent- to- own homes.

Several new homes are being erected in Hikutavake. The government plans to give priority to rebuilding a new hospital.

Meanwhile, European Commissioner For Development And Humanitarian Aid, Poul Nielson, has met with Niue Government officials to assess the needs of the island following the cyclone.

He said money was available in a contingency fund, but the needs of the island need to be assessed first.

"We will see what we can do," he said.

The commission is the second-largest aid donor in the Pacific after Australia

February 5, 2004

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