Niue’s roads, investment in education and health, Concerns over the most recent
audit report from the New Zealand Auditor General and more engagement and
empowerment of youths.
These have been
some of the main issues raised and discussed by Common Roll candidates during a
Q and A session held at the USP Niue campus last night.
candidates included Mark Blumsky, Young Vivian, O’love Jacobsen, Kenneth Green,
Stanley Kalauni, Ida Hekesi, Catherine Papani, Togia Sioneholo, Terry Coe,
Richard Hipa and Alana Fiafia Rex.
candidate used the platform to share their individual manifesto.
Former Premier Young Vivian spoke about Covid 19 and its impact on the country’s
that the worst is yet to come and the need for Niue to improve its health and
emphasized the importance of returning to traditional resources and not relying
to heavily on New Zealand.
Wellington Mayor Mark Blumsky highlighted concerns over Niue’s recent audit
reports tabled in Parliament stating that it was a reputational risk for Niue.
stated that Niue needs to know how important donors are and how poor it looks
when accountability and transparency are not followed.
highlighted that apart from Tourism being a key sector, agriculture is a major potential
for generating revenue particularly hydroponics, drawing on his experiences of a
hydroponics business on the island.
he knows there is a big market in New Zealand as Niue’s herbs are in demand and
could be a lucrative commodity for Niue.
Common Roll candidate, Catherine Papani emphasized that actions speak louder
than words when it comes to leadership and service to the people which she
aspires to do if elected to Parliament.
she aims to improve Niue’s standing and improve infrastructure and strengthen
the private sector.
there needs to be a level playing field with the State-Owned Enterprises and
the private sector which usually compete in an already small country.
One of the
youngest candidates Kenneth Green said he is advocating for more youth
participation in politics, proposing for two common roll seats to be reserved
He said he
also aims to do more for the advancement and empowerment of youths through more
engagement in various avenues.
also had the opportunity to ask the candidates directly about various issues.