During bilateral talks between Niue and New Zealand in early October, the New Zealand delegation was invited to attend the official opening of the Hakupu-Liku road, with New Zealand's High Commissioner to Niue, Mark Blumsky ‘cutting the ribbon’ as part of the ceremony.
“Although the Government of Niue had hoped to upgrade the Hakupu-Liku road for several years, resources weren’t available. Over time, the road developed large ruts, becoming problematic to travel on, particularly in wet conditions,” says Mark.
The opening of this part of Niue’s ring road is expected to have positive impacts for both the local population and for tourists. Tourism has been identified as one of the key drivers of sustainable economic growth in Niue, and with that, robust infrastructure is required to support it.
“The upgrade is good for both locals and tourists. The rental car companies are thrilled the road has been sealed since some significant tourism activities take place along this stretch,” Mark added.
The resealing of Hakupu-Liku road was funded through the New Zealand Aid Bilateral Programme in 2011/12 and New Zealand was acknowledged and thanked for its contribution to enable this work to proceed.