20 Apr 2004

NZ funds recovery project manager for Niue

3:27 pm on 20 April 2004

New Zealand is to fund a a special recovery project manager for Niue to help rebuild the country after Cyclone Heta.

The position will be for three months initially and its hoped an appointment can be made shortly.

NZAid communications spokesperson, Josie Pagani, says the technical help has been provided at the request of the Niue government:

"They will help to implement and co-ordinate the Niue Recovery Plan, which has now been written. So really its someone who can bring some technical skills to help assist the Niue government to put that plan into action."

Josie Pagani says NZ Aid has also funded two people from the National Library of New Zealand who are experts in preservation.

They will help to assess how to preserve artifacts and written material that was damaged in the cyclone.