5 Mar 2012

Demolition of derelict houses in Niue likely to resume

9:09 am on 5 March 2012

Niuean officials say the demolition of derelict houses on the island is likely to resume later this year, after some of the absentee owners in New Zealand withdrew their opposition.

The Niue government has gone to court to demolish 60 abandoned houses it says are an eyesore and health risk.

Its cleanup project has been stalled by protests from families overseas.

But the High Commissioner to New Zealand, Tauveve Jacobsen, says after meetings in Auckland with the owners, about half have agreed to the demolition without going back to court.

She says the court will be asked later this month for approval to bulldoze the houses of those who haven't responded or who oppose the demolition.