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New legislation would remove obstacles to residency

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Nov. 15, 2009) – Niue’s government is being urged to quickly complete immigration laws to encourage foreigners to become permanent residents.

The island has been trying to grow its population for years, but MP Terry Coe says if non-Niueans want to lease land and build homes the current process is fraught with difficulty.

He says he wants the new legislation to smooth the path for potential new residents by removing restraints.

"Those things should be in there and I believe that we should forget about all the work permits etc for New Zealand citizens and Australian citizens so that its hassle free for them to come here and they can help with the economic development of the island whether its business to whether its a house for accommodation for their holiday."

Mr Coe says draft immigration legislation has been with the government’s lawyers for months and should be rushed back to the assembly.

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