1 Nov 2004

Trip to Niue by NZ Prime Minister said to have strengthened ties

7:23 am on 1 November 2004

The New Zealand Prime Minister has strengthened links with Niue during a two day state visit to the island.

Niue, which is a self-governing atoll in free association with New Zealand, has been seeking help to reverse a trend of depopulation since 1974.

Helen Clark and her Niuean counterpart, Young Vivian, have signed a nearly 14 million US dollar agreement, which creates advisory positions within both administrations.

Helen Clark says Niue asked for specific assistance.

"We've received the request to provide a commissioner of police. We've received the request to help with Crown Law drafting, parliamentary drafting, because small states like Niue have to be up with the play with international conventions and drafting and modern law and so on."

The New Zealand Prime Minister, Helen Clark.