25 Feb 2004

Historic Niue records restored

8:31 am on 25 February 2004

Nearly a century of historic Niuean records that were destroyed during Cyclone Heta have been replaced, and will be gifted to the Niuean community in Auckland today.

The documents, include birth, death and marriage certificates and genealogies that are used to determine property rights.

Ten years ago, Niue's government asked the Mormon Church to microfilm the documents and store copies in Utah.

Since the cyclone church leaders here and in the Pacific Islands have worked to replace the lost records, using the copies stored in Utah.

They'll be stored at the Auckland Central Library for safe-keeping.