Niue

New Zealand Aid Programme allocated funding

New Zealand Aid Programme transparency

Development results

  • Tourism numbers have climbed steadily with a 56% increase in the period 2010 – 2013. Tourism is a key economic development goal and to support this goal a tourism programme has been put in place that includes additional and upgraded accommodation (such as an additional 30 plus rooms at the Matavai Resort), a focus on marketing and private sector and infrastructure development.
  • The Health Sector Strategic Plan is being implemented  with assistance provided through an arrangement with Counties Manukau District Health Board which, for example, provides visiting specialists and accepts medical referrals when patients cannot be treated in Niue.
  • Following a review in 2011, the Government of Niue is steadily implementing public financial management initiatives. For example, the annual estimates of expenditure are more robust and the government is working with Local Government New Zealand and the Asian Development Bank to improve alignment between  Niue’s National Strategic Plan, budget and sector operational planning.
  • Forty containers of asbestos have been shipped to New Zealand for safe disposal to date as part of a project to remove roofing asbestos.
  • In the education sector 18 people are currently undertaking  a one-year certificate in teacher aiding (with more on the waiting list for the  next course) at the Open Polytechnic New Zealand. They will provide a pool of relief teachers for the primary and high schools.
  • Initial work has been done on the design of a Cultural and Heritage Centre that would showcase and strengthen Niue’s cultural Taoga/heritage.

Budget

Bilateral $14.1 million
Total aid flow $19.6 million (including scholarships)

New Zealand commitment in Niue

Niue is self-governing in free association with New Zealand and under the Niue Constitution Act (1974) it is “a continuing responsibility of the Government of New Zealand to provide necessary economic and administrative assistance to Niue”. The unique partnership is one of shared citizenship, close family ties, shared values and a common vision for a prosperous Niue. New Zealand is Niue’s primary development partner and contributes significant financial and technical support to Niue.

Focus areas include:

  • Sustainable economic development, with a particular focus on tourism and private sector development
  • Promoting human development with a focus on education, including scholarships, and health
  • Building safe and secure communities with an emphasis on legislation

Our priorities include: 

  • Tourism with a focus on improving leadership, strategy and sector coordination, and supporting quality accommodation and activities
  • Private sector development with a focus on business development services
  • Education and training with a focus on skills training and human resource management systems
  • Health with a focus on ensuring health services are the highest quality possible
  • Transport and communication infrastructure with a priority on improving air transport services

Major activities

  • Budget support (NZD7.2m in 2014/15) to enable the Government of Niue to provide core government services
  • Administrative assistance (NZD1,075,000 for 2014/15) aimed at recruitment assistance and technical advisers to support core service delivery e.g. in finance and health
  • An asset maintenance facility (NZD1,445,000 for 2014/15) to ensure capital items are purchased, managed and maintained in a sustainable and cost effective way
  • Private sector development (NZD1,050,000 2013/16) funding that supports the Niue Chamber of Commerce to develop the private sector and increase its contribution to Niue’s economic growth
  • Niue tourism redevelopment (stage two) (NZD400,000) is funding work on the design of a strategy for the tourism sector and the upgrading of village accommodation for tourists
  • Funding for Niue tourism marketing and event management helps ensure Niue is a competitive destination (expected to be NZD2.1m over 3 years once finalised)

Related links

Niue/New Zealand Joint Commitment
Niue National Strategic Plan
Government of Niue website
New Zealand High Commission in Niue