Author: Takelesi

Budget 2017 Passed By Niue Assembly

With the Premier Sir Toke Talagi on extended medical leave in New Zealand, the responsibility for steering the budget through the Assembly was left to the Acting Premier Billy Talagi. In keeping with the...

Island Round-Up-2

Premier The Premier is continuing to receive medical treatment in New Zealand with regular visits to the hospital three times a week, according to the Acting Premier Dalton Tagelagi. He is in touch with...

Misi Makuini Komisina Nofo Mau

Unrest at Nukututaha The year was 1953. World War Two had ended some eight years earlier but here on Niue, the island was waging its own battles.  On Sunday morning 17th August 1953, a...

Sefo Valiana – 1951 – 2017

A Life of Grace If we were writing a book on the life of Sefo Valiana, you could say that the final paragraph was written on Sunday morning at the Ekalesia Kerisiano Alofi church,...

Fall-out from Departure Tax Hike

The increase in the departure tax from$34 to $80 has caught a number of departing tourists unaware.  Some were visibly upset when they were told to pay $80, more so when they were advised...

Massive Hike in Departure Tax

135% Increase in Departure Tax Travellers departing from the island will now be paying $80 in departure tax, a massive 135% increase from $34. Not unexpectedly the increase has caused a frenzy on social...

Shopping Complex Ready To START

Swanson Retail Development Having survived one unsuccessful challenge in court, the Swanson Retail Development at Fonuakula is ready to get underway according to a statement from the developers.  When completed in seven month’s time,...

Cyclone Heta Remembered

The Perfect Storm It was to be a New Year gift that no one wanted to receive.  At 1:30pm on the afternoon of Monday 5th January 2004, the most damaging cyclone to hit Niue...

Niue Budget 2017

Budget to Prosperity – Minister of Finance It wasn’t quite the event that brought the traffic to a standstill in the main village of Alofi, but it was interesting enough for some to listen...