NZ to boost clean energy, tourism in Niue
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced last week that $1.25 million will be invested to support tourism and renewable energy in Niue. <!--more-->He was visiting the island nation as part of a delegation to three Pacific nations.
New Zealand will contribute $1 million over five years to assist with Niue’s tourism development. The money will be used to develop new accommodation and improve key infrastructure, including telecommunications, electricity, waste management and water supply.
An additional $250,000 has also been announced to assist the Government of Niue to ensure the stability of Niue’s electricity grid as it increases the share of renewables.
“Tourism is the primary driver of economic development in Niue, creating jobs for locals, growing business and pumping foreign capital into the economy,” Mr Key said.
“Part of supporting a viable tourism industry is reliable energy. Niue is committed to increasing the proportion of electricity generation from renewable sources, and New Zealand is very keen to support that ambition,” says Mr Key.
Mr Key met with Premier Toke Talagi and members of the tourism sector, chamber of commerce and the private sector. He also visited a number of Niue’s key tourism operations.
“New Zealand’s relationship with Niue is a special one. Niue has been self-governing in free association with New Zealand since 1974 and we have a shared history and strong links of family and citizenship,” Mr Key said.
Niue was the final destination on the five-day Pacific Mission that also saw Mr Key travel to Samoa and Tonga.