26 Mar 2008

New Zealand lawyer offers free legal advice to Niue

4:12 pm on 26 March 2008

A Business Roundtable in Niue, which is seeking professional help for people on the island, has got assurance of free legal services from one of New Zealand's leading lawyers.

Gerard McCoy QC, who recently represented the military regime in Fiji in a challenge to the legality of the coup, has indicated he will attend High Court sittings in Niue when required.

The Roundtable's spokesperson, Stafford Guest, says they are also seeking insurance advice, and an accountant to help with growing tax demands on the island.

"The pressure is on from Government for all businesses to present balance sheets and income tax returns and a lot of people want advice on what they are entitled to claim for and so on, and certainly can't get that advice from the Government."

Stafford Guest