6 Oct 2007

Mahi Ascension Movement leaves Niue

9:20 am on 6 October 2007

The two families of the Mahi Ascension Movement who ran up debts of more

than $US300,000 during a year on Niue have left the island in a chartered

737 jet.

The group which aimed to set up a health resort settled all their debts

and paid the private jet fuel bill and landing fees before departing.

They caused considerable concern among the business community after chalking up massive debts for the weekly air freight of organic food from New Zealand, a

large bus, six cars and rental accommodation.

Most people on the island never got a glimpse of the Maha Devi group who

remained inside their air conditioned rooms at the Matavai Resort for 12

months.