2 May 2002

Niue elects Young Vivian as new premier

6:35 pm on 2 May 2002

Niue's parliament has elected Young Vivian as the country's new leader.

Mr Vivian has been the deputy premier since 1992 and last week he was chosen as the leader of the Niue People's Party to replace Sani Lakatani.

Mr Vivian beat the challenger, Hunukitama Hunuki, by 14 to six votes.

Today's first meeting of the new parliament also chose a new speaker.

He is the former consul-general in Auckland, Atapana Siakimotu.

Premier Vivian says as a priority he will will try to improve air links to boost tourism.

And he says he will pursue talks with Air New Zealand.

"it's always been on our list we've been trying our very best I'm looking at it to see if we can speed it up and have a look and get something reasonable for Niue we have requested Air New Zealand and were still waiting for their reply."

Niue's new premier Young Vivian.