24 Nov 2008

Anger on Niue at New Zealand litigator's employment

11:17 am on 24 November 2008

Business people on Niue are angry that thousands of dollars were spent on a New Zealand tax litigator hired to prosecute artists Mark and Ahi Cross in a case where the fine was just 50 US dollars.

The tax officer spent two weeks at the Matavai Resort before a High Court Judge dismissed a charge of failing to provide documents on the grounds that the prosecution evidence was inadmissible.

There are two qualified Niuean lawyers in the Crown law office who could have handled the case, and questions are now being asked about who met the bill for the New Zealand prosecutor.

The cash strapped Niue government has been targetting tax defaulters and two New Zealand advisors have been employed to assist with the introduction of a new consumer tax due to come into force in April next year.