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ALOFI, Niue (Niue News, Dec. 26) – Niue celebrated Christmas Day in temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit).

Families gathered at village churches and dined in traditional style.

Restaurants offering Christmas dinners reported good business with meal packages this year reaching $50 per head.

A group of youths went on an early motorcycle takai while many families took to favourite swimming spots at Matapa and Limu.

Several fishermen went trolling early morning with mixed success.

Radio Sunshine broadcast greetings from residents and families living in New Zealand.

Working the cargo boat due to arrive Sunday is no longer an issue the vessel is not due for another few days.

Several bags of backlogged mail and air freight arrived on Friday's flight out of Auckland and were sorted before Christmas Day.

Premier Young Vivian in a Christmas message broadcast on local TV praised residents for remaining staunch during 2004 and overcoming the tragedies created by Cyclone Heta. He said the country was in good condition and people had a lot of positive things to look forward to in 2005.

December 27, 2004

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