18 Oct 2005

Niue MP says French Polynesia should fulfil cyclone homes promise

4:36 pm on 18 October 2005

An opposition MP in Niue says French Polynesia should give the island the full number of houses it promised after Cyclone Heta destroyed many homes last year.

French Polynesia's former president Gaston Flosse promised to build 40 homes on Niue.

20 homes were built, but work to provide an additional 20 was suspended after Mr Flosse lost the presidency.

The Niuean opposition MP, Terry Coe, wants the issue to be raised when the French Polynesian president, Oscar Temaru, flies in to meet the Niuean premier, Young Vivian, tomorrow, ahead of Constitution Day on Thursday.

Mr Coe says Mr Vivian and Mr Temaru need to clear up which agency is responsible for carrying out the promise for the extra 20 homes.

"It's just trying to get on top of it and sort out who said they would supply these additional houses, and then sit down and talk with them, I mean we need them. There's people here that have lost their houses and haven't got anywhere to stay."

Mr Coe says the French government is rumoured to be behind the extra 20 homes.