Japan’s Ambassador to New Zealand, Cook Islands and Niue His Excellency Ito Koichi arrived on the island on Monday’s flight last week.
This is the ambassador’s first official visit to the island with his wife Ito Misako and his first secretary and head of general and political section Takada Isami.
During his visit to the island, H.E. Ito Koichi was involved in various engagements including presenting his credentials to the Premier Hon. Dalton Tagelagi and meeting with the Cabinet Ministers at Fale Fono II.
He also visited Niue High School to see first-hand the health clinic and new classroom supported through Japan’s grant assistance for grass-roots human security projects (GGP).
In acknowledgements of the new classroom, two coconut trees were planted.
According to Niue High School Deputy Principal Moira Jackson, “the planting of the two coconut tree’s was part of the groundbreaking and launch of the whole site at which the new classroom will be built.”
“One was planted by the Japan Ambassador with the support of our Head Prefects and the other was planted by our Director of Education with the Deputy Prefects.”
“Acknowledging the Late Figo Kulatea who was the key person and backbone of these two projects to help our people of Niue,” says Mrs. Jackson.
Mr. Ito also visited the Niue Public Works department to witness the heavy equipment that was donated by Japan.
The ambassador also met with the NZ High Commissioner Helen Tunnah and Australia High Commissioner Louise Ellerton.
Japan’s Ambassador H.E. Ito Koichi, his wife and secretary left the island today.