10 Mar 2008

Charges on the rise on Niue as its government seeks more financial help from New Zealand

8:09 pm on 10 March 2008

The Niue Government, whose officials are presently in New Zealand seeking additional funding from the island's main aid donor, has increased the price of fuel and flagged the possibility of charging residents for water.

Petrol is now up to one dollar 75 U.S. a litre.

The Finance Minister, Fisa Pihigia, announced the price rise, saying the Government had spent over half a million US dollars more on fuel in the past six months than planned for.

He indicated that Cabinet is also looking at asking consumers to pay for water, which at present is free to all homes.

This comes after public utilities began last week to cut power and phone services to residents who had not paid their accounts.