20 Jun 2014

Still no charges over detained Niue protester

2:22 pm on 20 June 2014

The head of police in Niue still hasn't decided whether to lay any charges against a man who was detained for the duration of the New Zealand prime minister's visit more than two weeks ago.

Vilikai Vilikai was placing placards along the road John Key was to travel from the airport, protesting over a land rent issue and lack of government action over recycling.

The chief of police, Tony Kose, says the man was not arrested for his protest but for pushing an officer who approached him.

But Mr Vilikai, who remained under arrest for the duration of Mr Key's visit says he was the one that was assaulted by police.

Mr Kose says he hasn't decided whether to charge Mr Vilikai and won't give any indication when that might happen.