11 Apr 2007

NZ Governor-General visits Niue

7:52 pm on 11 April 2007

New Zealand's Governor-General, Anand Satyanand has started his first official overseas trip since taking up the post last year in Niue.

He leads a 25-member group of prominent New Zealand Niueans, Niuean representatives from the New Zealand armed services and other government officials.

Anand Satyanand says New Zealand and Niue enjoy a special relationship and his visit highlights that relationship.

Moera Tuilaepa-Taylor reports:

"The governor general and his party were officially welcomed by New Zealand's High Commissioner to Niue and Niue's High Commissioner to New Zealand. Anand Satyanand's visit here will include a formal meeting with the Niuean assembly, a meeting of the Niue cabinet and a tour of major infrastructure and aid projects. New Zealand is Niue's main aid donor. The Niue government introduced a number of measures earlier this year to reduce the size of the country's decifit. The Governor general will also visit Tokelau, the Cook Islands and Samoa later in the year. From Niue, I'm Moera Tuilaepa-Taylor."