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Niue's lawn-bowlers are among the first Pacific athletes to arrive on the Gold Coast ahead of next week's Commonwealth Games opening.
Team Niue in Australia. Photo/ Facebook - Niue Sports Qld.
Team Niue has 19 athletes taking part in lawn bowls, athletics, clay shooting and boxing.
Chef de Mission Speedo Hetutu says the team is settling into the athletes' village after an airport welcome from the local Niuean community.
The rest of the team arrives this weekend.
A General Assembly of the Commonwealth Games will also be held this weekend and Hetutu says it will reset qualification criteria for all participating nations.
Around 65,000 athletes from 71 Commonwealth countries will descend on Australian shores this week for the Games.
Hetutu says considering how important sport is in the islands, it's time Pacific nations start investing in their athletes.
"There's an indication that the next one will be going on qualification requirements which tells us the Oceania group need to start training athletes and invest in them."
The Commonwealth Games kicks off on April 4.