Neu: 2002-04-04

Contents of this issue:

1. Replacement Speaker

2. Second Timer

3. List Closed

4. Facts and Figures

5. Fatty Ban

6. Sports Funding


April 4th, 2002

1. Replacement Speaker:

The Alliance of Independents contesting the general election on Niue has
announced it will nominate Mr John Funaki (68) for the post of Speaker
in the Legislative Assembly. Mr Funaki was the second Speaker of the
House after replacing Mr Sam Tagelagi in 1993. He has served as a
Commissioner of the High Court since 1991. For the past three years the
Speaker has been Niue Peoples Party nominee Mr Tama Posimani (64) a
former NZ nurse and postal officer who was a Cabinet Minister from
1990-93. The Speaker often clashed with Opposition members, Mrs O'Love
Jacobsen and Mr Terry Coe both of whom were at the centre of police
action to remove them from the Assembly. In 1999 after a request from
Speaker Posimani to forcefully eject Mrs Jacobsen from the Legislative
chamber the Attorney General Warner Banks a former Hong Kong Magistrate
was sacked and the Chief of Police NZ detective Andy Lovelock resigned.

2. Second Timer:

Former Secretary to the Niue Govenment Bradley Punu is again seeking a
common roll seat in the upcoming general election. He's part of the
Alliance of Independents team. The 54 year-old who lives in the Niue
Peoples Party stronghold village of Hakupu is chairman of the Niue
Tourist Authority and backs AOI plans to invest in a designated Niue-
Auckland-Niue jet service. In the last election Mr Punu polled 12th in
the six seat common roll contest.

3. List Closed:

Nominations for candidates contesting the general election on Niue
closed at noon today. A full list of candidates will be published when
officially released by the chief electoral officer Mr Togia Sioneholo.

4. Facts and Figures:

The greater Auckland region's population is now over one million for the
first time, with Christchurch the only non-Auckland city featuring among
the top five for numbers. One in 10 New Zealand residents lived in
Auckland City at the time of the

2001 Census, according to latest figures from Statistics New Zealand.
Auckland's population reached 367,737 usual residents, followed by
Christchurch (316,227), Manukau (283,197) and North Shore (184,821).
Waitakere (168,750), the fourth Auckland region city, headed off
Wellington (163,827).

Manukau City had both the largest Mäori ethnicity count (44,274) and the
highest proportion of Pacific peoples, with more than one in four
residents. Auckland City had the second-highest number of Mäori
residents at 29,139 and the highest proportion of residents of Asian
ethnicity, with almost one in five.

English was the most widely spoken language by usual residents. This was
followed by Mäori in all except nine territorial authorities where
Samoan (Waitakere, Auckland, Manukau and Porirua), Japanese
(Queenstown-Lakes District), Korean (North Shore) and French
(Wellington, Banks Peninsular and Mackenzie) were the second most widely
spoken languages.

The Chatham Islands District had the highest proportion of adults in the
labour force with four in five. In the Horowhenua District, nearly 9 in
20 adults were not in the labour force. Weekly average household rents
were lowest in Mackenzie ($81), Waimate ($86) and Wairoa ($91)
Districts. The highest weekly average household rents were recorded in
North Shore City ($243). (National Business Review).

5. Fatty Ban:

Samoa's Health Department is preparing a submission to Parliament on the
impact of imported fatty foods such as mutton and lamb flaps.

"The matter has already been discussed in a food safety meeting held
last year," according to Director-General of Health Lolofie Dr Eti
Enosa. In Fiji, the government has banned the importation of fatty meat
flaps, mainly from New Zealand, as they cause serious health problems.
In Samoa, the Health Department's Nutrition Unit and the Food and
Agriculture Organisation are studying the consequences of these imported

products on people's health. Their findings will be submitted to
parliament for review along with the Health Department's recommendation.
Lolofie pointed out mutton and lamb products will not be "particularly
singled out".

"We will be looking at all meat with high fat content. Turkey tails
could also be another candidate," he said. "We will also be taking into
account factors like volume of importation, consumer eating habits and
preference. Most importantly, we will be

assessing the medical costs of high-cholesterol related illnesses such
as diabetes and hypertension. "Health is urging the need to maintain a
balanced diet with plenty of exercise." The Tongan government recently
called on New Zealand to end these exports in a bid to encourage Pacific
Islanders to return to traditional diets of fish and vegetables. In
Niue, lamb flaps are no longer imported by traders but tinned corned
beef is popular. A high proportion of Niueans suffer from diabetes and
many young children are overweight, according to health department
officials. In response, New Zealand exporters are saying they are
supplying the fatty meats to Pacific Island on demand. ( Samoa
Observer/PINA Nius Online).

6. Sports Funding:

Niue's national sport body looks set to apply for funding from an
Australian based sports development programme for 14 Pacific Forum
Island countries.

The Sports Development Programme Australia - South Pacific 2006 aims to
help athletes in the region prepare for the 2006 Commonwealth Games in
Melbourne, Australia. A total of AU$3 million is budgeted for a six-year
period including 2006.

The focus is on more resources for grassroots sport development and
human resource development. The ASP 2006 has two components: a project
fund managed by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and a
discretionary fund for use by Australian

missions in the region. Funding requests are channeled through National
Olympic Committees, to the Australian Sports Commission or to accredited
Australian missions. (Forum Secretariat).


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