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NEW CABINET

Some Changes in Cabinet Line-up

There is to be no major changes in the cabinet line-up in Sir Toke’s new government. He has decided to retain his ministers of Hon Pokotoa Sipeli, Hon Billy Talagi and Hon Dalton Tagelagi.

The changes have come with the Associate Ministers or Members Assisting Ministers (MAMs). The Hon Kupa Magatogia and the Hon Joan Viliamu have been dropped in favour of Andrew Funaki, member for Tamakautoga and Mona Ainu’u, member for Tuapa.

The ceremony to swear-in the new cabinet was conducted this morning at the Fale Fono before a small gathering of friends and families. In accordance with accepted practice the Rev Navy Salatielu delivered the blessing and a few words of comfort.

L to R Rev Salatielu, Hon Dalton Tagelagi, Hon Billy Talagi, Hon Poko Sipeli,
Sir Toke and MAM Mona Ainu’u

Premier took the opportunity to re-iterate his broad policy for the island. He told those present that his focus for the next three years will be to put in place policies that will help improve the quality of life for all people on the island who are committed to making Niue their home.

He outlined briefly his policy of appointing MAMs who have the potential of becoming leaders and added that his intention is to bring in another appointee in the near future Mrs Maureen Melekitama. Some changes in the appropriate legislation is required before this can be done.

The retention by Sir Toke of his old cabinet is probably the only logical choice that the Premier could have made. His ministers have performed well, although the cynics will probably say, they did as they were told. 


On the right, old MAM Talaititama Talaiti and new MAM Andrew Funaki

As for the new MAMs, it was only a question of choice between either Ainu’u or Melekitama. Mona Ainu’u won the first round but it should not be too long before Maureen Melekitama can sit on the round-table. This decision will resonate with women and the younger people of the Island. The wider electorate though must be heaving a sigh of relief for having been spared the ministrations of a rookie at the top table.

With the announcement by the Premier that another MAM will be appointed at a later date, brings the total cabinet to eight. What this means is that the mathematics is not complicated – simply add three to the eight and you have a simple majority – enough to run the country. Four MAMs is a lot of carrots – watch this space carefully in future elections.

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  1. Get Niue set up as a sovereign state in its own right and not to continue its governance under the NZ control. Being an independent and sovereign state gives Niue the full right to govern, decide and act according to its needs.

    Remember – NZ will still provide foreign aid for Niue. This is the ongoing practice of retaining and maintaining friendship with the neighboring countries in the same geographic area. Being a sovereign and politically independent country is the next logical step for Niue.

    Financial aid can still be accessed from other countries with ease and without having to be decided by NZ. As a country in its own right, Niue will access/attract investments and aids readily from other countries. It's part of growing up since Niue was annexed and colonised by Britain and ceded to NZ.

    Up to now Niue does not exist as state in its own right as it's politically controlled and ruled by NZ. Do the right thing and place Niue as a nation in its own right and many benefits will flow. Examples – a fully fledged member at UN (Niue is a country with its own identity but no seat at UN because it's under NZ) with full rights and entitlements like all other sovereign states/countries.

    Niue can attract funding (aid) from other countries with ease. To safeguard Niue's ownership of its land and territorial water and interests, the Government focus on stronger legislations.

    Classic examples are close to home with Pacific nations who are sovereign states and had freed themselves up from the political control of another country. Remember – Tonga was never colonised or its ruler taken over by Britain or NZ.

    Poor or rich, but the rightful owner/s of the nation are on the drivers seat. What we had since Britain's entry was a take over, a coupe. Niue is old enough to be the driver and apply its rights as "owner of Niue". Over 100 years ago, our forebearers embraced Britain/NZ but this now and things have changed……

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