22 May 2008

Niue Government striving to find enough cash to get to end of financial year

7:55 pm on 22 May 2008

The Niue Government has asked its agencies to watch spending and ensure that all possible revenue is collected in coming weeks, so public expenses are covered through to the end of the financial year in six weeks time.

The island frequently struggles to meet its commitments and last year public servants had their wages temporarily cut.

The Finance Minister Fisa Pihigia says he is confident that should not be necessary this time.

He says a major cost threat, diesel fuel, has been removed with the Government buying enough to see the island through to July, but he says he summoned government departments to a meeting today to exhort them to control their spending.

"And also at the same time collect what is due to the Government because there are still people who owe the Government over half a million [New Zealand] dollars. So we need to collect those in order to support our effort in taking us up to end of June this year, and I am confident we will be able to manage that."

Fisa Pihigia