Niue’s Chamber of Commerce held their Annual General Meeting Tuesday August 27th at the Scenic Matavai Resort with news of an interim President for their Board.
Sefeti Fatiaki takes over predecessor Ida Hekesi who has stepped down. He’ll resume Ida’s remaining tenure until next year’s elections.
Business Development Manager Rae Finlay delivered on the report supported by Outgoing President Ida Hekesi. Finlay revealed the Chamber now has 220 active members with 30 new businesses registering over the last year. Working alongside Niue Tourism members they said can look forward to activities planned ahead such as the blue sign installation, subsidies for smoke alarms for accommodation, subsidies for fire equipment for charter boats, business development and assistance for those interested in dark sky projects.
They announced support to trades and services with an Apprenticeship Programme partnering with USP for explorations of block course options in Niue to work with business owners in managing apprenticeships.
This importantly means young people can get a qualification without leaving the island. Servicing and Diagnostics to electric vehicles and getting someone from NZ to help is also planned alongside the popular Outboard Motor Servicing Workshop where it’s intended to procure someone to raise skill levels with mechanics here in Niue.
Investing in Niueans and experts on theisland to conduct workshops was raised with the Chamber agreeing this is indeed a priority consideration but for some workshops such as that of the outboard, the consensus was for preference for procuring skilled persons from outside that carried the diagnostic equipment.
A further announcement for the men especially in the Chamber realm is the announcement for the International Men’s Day scheduled for 19 November this year. Men are asked to form a committee to decide on the event.
This year saw the success of the International Women’s Day supported by the Niue Chamber which had Niue registered as the small country to participate globally.