5 Feb 2004

Niue slowly returning to a degree of normality after Heta

9:14 pm on 5 February 2004

A leader on Niue says a degree of normality is beginning to return to the island five weeks after much of it was wrecked by Cyclone Heta.

MP Vive Jacobsen says the islanders' activities are still inhibited by a lack of fuel but apart from that they are in good spirits and morale is up.

She says they are in the process of wanting to get on and rebuild Niue.

"you know a lot of tidying up has taken place, but also a lot of tired people and still a lot of mess, still a lot of debris lying around that needs to tidied up and quite frankly what we need now is manpower to remove the rubbish that is lying around"