Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Niue/New Zealand Relationship

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
HON PHIL GOFF
HON SANI LAKATANI

2 February 2000

NIUE/NEW ZEALAND RELATIONSHIP

The Premier of Niue, Hon Sani Lakatani, accompanied by the Deputy Premier and officials, visited New Zealand from 31 January to 3 February at the invitation of the New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Hon Phil Goff.

While in New Zealand, the Premier met with Prime Minister Helen Clark and the Ministers of Finance, Social Services and Employment, the Attorney-General and Pacific Island Affairs and held detailed consultations with Mr Goff.

The Premier and Mr Goff jointly decided that in the context of the 100th anniversary next year of the establishment of links between Niue and New Zealand, it is timely to undertake a comprehensive review of the partnership and its operating process.

Since Niue attained self government in free association with New Zealand in 1974, many changes have occurred in both countries. Of concern to both governments has been the continuing decline in Niue’s population. The maintenance of a viable cultural community in Niue has also proved difficult.

Ministers decided to establish a Joint Consultative Group to look into and make recommendations to both governments on how best to enhance the working partnership in coming years, taking account of the shared obligations and responsibilities arising from common citizenship, and mutual expectations of the constitutional relationship.

Matters for consideration will include provisions raised by Niue?s Constitutional Review Committee; New Zealand assistance to Niue; air services arrangements; and recent developments in offshore financial services and the Internet.

The aim is to have the Consultative Group hold its initial meeting in Niue before the end of March 2000.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

General Assembly: Ardern Rejects Trump Call For War On Drugs

New Zealand will not be signing the United States' document calling for global action on the war on drugs, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.

Ms Ardern is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly this week, along with about 140 other world leaders.

US President Donald Trump is kicking off his week at the UN by holding an event to promote the US document called the Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem. More>>

 

Pay Equity: Cabinet Funds Deal For Oranga Tamariki Social Workers

The Minister said that an agreement in principle has been reached between Oranga Tamariki and the PSA on a settlement worth $114.6m over five years. More>>

ALSO:

Hunting v Pest Control: Tahr Control Needed To Protect Alpine Habitats

A cull of introduced Himalayan tahr browsing conservation land in Kā Tiritiri o Te Moana/ the Southern Alps is needed to protect special alpine plants and their habitats, Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage said. More>>

ALSO:

Protest At Sea: Judge Discharges Greenpeace Activists

The judge today discharged Norman and Howell without conviction, saying the cumulative consequences of a conviction would be out of proportion to what was “low level” offending off the Wairarapa coast in April 2017. More>>

ALSO:

Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.” More>>

ALSO:

No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>

ALSO:

Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels