Author: Takelesi

Island Roundup – Monday 9

So long Sir Niue has always had its fair share of colourful characters. One such character, in more recent times, would have to be Tufohe Kaiuha, known to one and all as Sir, a...

Withdrawal Symptoms

There are unconfirmed reports that the village of Avatele is suffering from withdrawal symptoms following the decision of the Village Council to place a month long embargo on fishing and other related activities from...

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...