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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (NiuFM, Feb. 28) - The Premier of Niue has been challenged about his "easy going attitude" towards a team of investors that locals believe are trying to establish a cult on the island.

The group believed to be the Maha Devi Ascension Movement was in Samoa a few years back but were sent packing after living at the Sinalei Resort in Apia for at least a year.

They're now staying at the Matavai Resort in Alofi where they've been for some months, operating under the name Ananda Health Resort, saying they want to build health resorts on the Island.

Premier Young Vivian says he's aware of the cult allegations but says he owes it to the group to discuss their plans with them.

Niue’s [economy is] in dire straits at the moment and has been looking for investors for some time.

But the Government has to cut the pay of civil servants instead.

Young Vivian says everyone's going to have to tighten their belts.

The original plan was to make the five-day working week of civil servants a four-day one.

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