12 Mar 2007

Delegation of Niue officials in Wellington for a

6:00 am on 12 March 2007

A large delegation of Niue politicians and government officials are in Wellington for what one official calls a stock take on the relationship between the two countries.

It is the latest in a series of meetings of the joint consultative group and is expected to run throughout the week.

It comes as the Niue government tries to grapple with a financial crisis that recently caused it to cut workers wages.

The island has also been experiencing prolonged cuts to its power supply.

New Zealand foreign affairs official, David Patton, who oversees the relationship with Niue, says the meetings will place emphasis on aspects of the development assistance and budget support New Zealand gives Niue.

"So it's an opportunity for ministers and officials to stocktake where we are, to agree on new issues that need to be addressed, to see look at how things are proceeding, for ministers to give guidance to officials and for officials to explain to each other the reality of how things are being progressed."