2 Feb 2010

Time for a decision on asbestos, says Niue MP

8:02 pm on 2 February 2010

Niue Opposition MP Terry Coe says it's time a decision was made on how to get rid of asbestos that remains stacked up on the island.

Most of the houses on Niue were built with asbestos roofing and damaged roofing from the 2004 cyclone Heta is still yet to be disposed of.

Terry Coe says there's a stock pile of asbestos roofing at the airport, some in containers and some covered in plastic, as well as bundles of roofing wrapped in plastic around the villages.

He says there's been no movement as to what to do with the roofing and it seems the government is afraid to make a decision on how to get rid of it.

"I suggested we do the same way as the Cooks. They've put it on a ship and taken the ship out and sunk it and I think that is the best way, it's safe. I don't like sending it back to New Zealand because it only creates problems in New Zealand and I don't like it buried here on Niue because it could become a problem later on."

Terry Coe says the depth the ship would be sunk at would be between 2 thousand and 3 thousand metres.