28 Jul 2011

Niue's Premier rejects reports on Chinese immigrants speculation and rumour

7:10 am on 28 July 2011

Niue's Premier has rejected as speculation and rumour reports that the government is about to allow up to 100 Chinese families to settle on the island.

Toke Talagi was responding to criticism from opposition MP, Terry Coe, who's called on him to tell the people what he's planning.

But he says nothing's in place as yet.

Mr Talagi says his government has been talking to potential Chinese investors about noni, luxury tourist housing and other developments.

He says there's already a commitment with the Reef Group, Samoa and Cook Islands to jointly supply China with noni juice and a heads of agreement for a broader arrangement is possible.

"But until those things are in place I can't really speculate how many families we're talking about. You and I can talk about 50, 100 a thousand but the fact of the matter is that until it's down on paper I can't speculate any further than that."

Niue's Premier, Toke Talagi.