Farewell 2017

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  1. Wayne Kerr says:

    Thank you Tala Niue, a reliable go to source of local news. Have a happy new year and a prosperous 12 months to come.

    Elections? It’s not rocket science but loyal politicians still blind with greed, whilst the opposition blind with naivety and should not be in representative role. eg. The govt announces pay rises for PS. What does opposition promise? To return to 5 days work, and the pay rise removed. Oh guess what? Who do you think the public servants will vote for? OMG oops. Lol. Yes of course, they will vote for the pay rise. They dont give a hoot who is giving the pay rise. A pay rise is a pay rise. And a four day working week is exactly that. Not worry about the economy of the island. Think about your own pocket first. Hohum. But anyways that is what politics is all about. Manipulating and ensuring your pockets are lined perfectly. BV lose seat? He thought if the Premier can run Niue from Onehunga, well he can run Mutalau while living in Alofi North. Lol. Now comes Sioneholo loss of seat? His heart wasnt into it. He needs this break to consolidate and go again. I wager he will be a future Premier if he gets the right team behind him. Terry Coe? Give it up mate, have a rest and give younger person a go. You waste oxygen in the fale fono, and remember you gave .nu away for peanuts when you were the Minister responsible. O’love Jacobsen? Promised so much but fizzled when it mattered. Overconfident and failed foresight into govt strategy, and betrayal votes by her constituents. Best wishes to you guys at Tala Niue, keep up the good work.

    • Paku says:

      Hello Wayne, thanks for your feedback – we too wish you success and prosperity in 2018!

      You have brought up some valid points and I am sure there are many others who shares your views but are reluctant to speak out.

      Yes the Opposition could have approached their campaign differently but I do not blame them for putting their values out there. Admirable on one hand but definitely not the time and place.

      If voters thinks it’s okay to get money for free, then obviously our problems are much bigger. There might be other factors as to why many Opposition candidates failed to get voted but the promise of pay rises would have been hard to discount. Maybe it is time for them to set themselves up properly as a formal political party, with financial backers and so forth.

      Yes we need young intelligent minds with credibility and ethics – that would be a great start. However, I don’t see anything changing unless something drastic will happen or if the old brigade is dropped. Let’s hope the aspiring young politicians who lost this time are still keen, come next election. Its important to insist on our own flavor of democracy, maybe the textbook westminister system is not the right fit for a tiny democracy.

      To me, the system is outdated – the constitution was written in a colonial era by europeans who are not niueans. That in itself is not a bad thing and I understand that it would be impossible (even for niuean lawyers and constitution experts) to write a comprehensive sets of rules that are still applicable 40 years later, taking into account factors like globalization, world trends…etc. Yes its complex, it wouldn’t have been easy to forecast the future nor will it be easy to rewrite the bloody thing. But enough is enough surely – do we not have any bigger aspirations to take matters into our own hands?

      Maybe we do need to go back to our God and start upholding our Christian values. Let a devoted Christian leader rule the country for a change as that will be the best start. Thanks again Wayne, looking forward to sharing more with you and the rest of our readers, in this new year.


      • Togia Sioneholo says:

        Good cheers to all for their 2018 journeys. Just to add to the excellent contributions shared. There seems to be a trend to place fault on the Constitution for whatever perceived shortcomings but the Constitution is just black ink on a white paper document – decision makers are the key players – you cannot prescribe for all eventualities – it is impossible – thus the Constitution is as a rule a general piece of statute law – and its up to the courts to give it meaning if there is doubt/disagreement on its meaning – but again it needs decision makers to take the matter there – but lets be clear – there is nothing in the Niue Constitution that ban/prohibit political parties – again that is an issue for the decision makers to make.

  2. Douglas Adams says:

    Hello guys,

    Since this is an active forum (sorta), I am thinking of moving to Niue to live.

    Are there any links of government websites for any information? Thanks.