At the close of nominations on Thursday afternoon, there were a record 26 candidates vying for six seats on the Common Roll – that is three more than in the previous election. Included on the list are no less than six candidates who have served at one time or another on the Niue Cabinet; in amongst the six is former Premier Young Vivian. The five former ministers are Joan Viliamu, Togia Sioneholo, Tauveve Jacobsen, Terry Coe and Billy Talagi. There are eight candidates making their appearance on the roll for the first time. They are Kenneth Green, Richard Hipa, Tom Misikea, Rupina Morrissey, Biggle Posimani, Mark Blumskey, Fiafia Rex and Piliva Togahai.
All six sitting members on the Common Roll are offering themselves again – Stanley Kalauni, Crossley Tatui, Tauveve Jacobsen, Joan Viliamu and Terry Coe. Jacobsen has already gained the distinction of being one of the longest serving members of the Assembly spanning some 24 years. The longest serving is the member for Namukulu, Jack Willie Lipitoa spanning 33 years, soon to be 36 years.
For the first time in a long time no less than eleven villages out of fourteen are going to the polls. Only the villages of Tuapa, Namukulu and Vaiea have decided to stay with their current representatives – strictly speaking, there were no other nominations received other than the sitting members of Mona Ainu’u, Jack Willie and Talaititama Talaiti.
ALOFI TOGA – Dalton Tagelagi, Fuku Togahai and Lagakiniu Lavini
TAMAKAUTOGA – Peter Andrew Funaki and Muiaki Makani
AVATELE – Atapana Siakimotu, Poimamao Vakanofiti and Hetututama Hetutu
VAIEA – Talaititama Talaiti
HAKUPU – Michael Jackson, Richie Mautama and Fapoi Akesi
LIKU – Pokotoa Sipeli and Sionetasi Pulehetoa
LAKEPA – Kupa Magatogia and John Operator Tiakia
MUTALAU – Maureen Melekitama and Makaseau Ioane
TOI – Dion Paki Taufitu and Melealiva Kaulima
HIKUTAVAKE – Opili Talafasi and Pamela Togiakona
NAMUKULU – Jack Willie Lipitoa
TUAPA – Mona Ainu’u
MAKEFU – Tofua Puletama and Mary Anne Talagi
ALOFI TOKELAU – Va’aiga Tukuitoga and Tutuli Heka
COMMON ROLL [A-Z]
Terry Donald Coe
Bill V Motufoou
Billy G Talagi
Toke Tufukia Talagi
Piliva John Togahai
Togia Likalika Sioneholo