19 Oct 2013

NZ Governor General welcomed in Niue

6:07 am on 19 October 2013

The New Zealand Governor General has been officially welcomed in Niue for a three-day visit to the island.

Lieutenant General Sir Jerry Mateparae is in Niue to reinforce New Zealand's close ties with the island, which along with the Cook Islands, Tokelau and the Ross Dependency, form part of the wider Realm of New Zealand.

Beverley Tse reports from Niue.

"Sir Jerry and his wife, Lady Janine Mateparae received a traditional welcome by a group of young people who performed a Niuen Takalo or Peace offering. This was followed by formal introductions to local politicians and welcome remarks by the Premier of Niue, Toke Talagi. The Governor General's visit is also to mark Niue's 39th Constitution Day, the anniversary of the establishment of self-government in free association with New Zealand in 1974. While in Niue, Sir Jerry is also expected to promote New Zealand's support in strengthening the Niuean economy, particularly in tourism. He will then travel to the Cook Islands to visit a number of projects that are being supported by New Zealand."