29 Jun 2007

Niue's ability to host Forum summit queried

6:17 pm on 29 June 2007

Questions have been raised about Niue's ability to host next year's Pacific Forum leaders' meeting.

An opposition MP, O'Love Jacobsen, told the Legislative Assembly during a budget debate that the cost and logistics of hosting such a large meeting are beyond Niue's capability.

However, Premier, Young Vivian, said New Zealand had offered financial and organisational assistance and a group of Niuean public servants would be attending this year's Forum in Tonga to observe planning and logistics required for such a conference.

New Zealand's Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said previously that New Zealand consider moves such as providing a ship to house summit delegates.

Niue was to host the 2004 Forum conference but it was moved to Samoa after the island was devastated by Cyclone Heta.