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Jacinda Ardern announces package to help Niue water and roads

06 March 2018

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a package to support Niue's infrastructure and renewable energy programmes.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Niue. Photo/ PMN.

She says New Zealand will invest $750,000 to make immediate improvements to Niue's roads and water network ahead of the 2018 tourism season.

"Niue's remoteness and susceptibility to extreme weather make high quality and resilient infrastructure very important for visitors and the local population of Niue," says Ardern.

"We have also undertaken to carry out an assessment of Niue's long-term water infrastructure needs to safeguard the resilience of the network."

Water security is an ongoing concern for Niueans with supplies from groundwater sources under constant scrutiny for contamination.

Niuean MP Mona Ainu'u says the announcement by Prime Minister Ardern will bring much needed relief for Niueans as exporting and buying water is expensive.

"At the moment we've had to boil all our water and buy bottled water. A lot of initiatives have gone into trying to get our water to that standard that we used to have," she says. 

"I'm really really happy that we got that announcement from the Honourable Jacinda Ardern and I think this is part and parcel of her being a Niuean as well."

New Zealand will also provide a further $5 million to support the development of solar energy generation in Niue. 

Ardern says it will add to the $5 million that the government has already provided and will help Niue meet its renewable energy target of 80 per cent by 2025.

The Prime Minister was welcomed on her arrival in Niue this morning by her family.

Her father, Ross Ardern, is New Zealand's High Commissioner on The Rock.

The Pacific Mission delegation had full day ahead of them with government talks and different site visits before heading to Tonga this evening.

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters, Ministers Carmel Sepuloni, Aupito Su'a William Sio, James Shaw, Gerry Brownlee and Alfred Ngaro are a part of the Pacific Mission delegation led by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

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