5 Oct 2004

Niue increases pension in bid to retain residents

2:30 pm on 5 October 2004

Niue's government says its decision to increase pensions is partly aimed at keeping people on the island.

The new provisions mean men will now receive the same as women - a payment of 28 US dollars a fortnight between the age of 55 and 59 whether or not they are working.

The universal child allowance is going up from 30 US dollars to forty dollars a quarter.

The Minister for Community Affairs, Fisa Pihigia, denies the move is designed to attract political support:

"I see it as something that needs to improve the standard of living of my people here, particularly the children. So I don't see it as a political move."

Fisa Pihigia