27 Oct 2016

Niue to seek UN membership

From , 6:04 am on 27 October 2016

Niue wants to be a member of the United Nations.

The Premier, Toke Talagi, told Niueans at an event marking Constitution Day, that it was time for the country to have a vote at the world body.

Niue is in free association with New Zealand; its citizens are also New Zealand citizens and New Zealand generally handles foreign affairs issues, including representing the island at the UN.

Don Wiseman asked Mr Talagi why it was now important to join the UN.

Niue premier Toke Talagi at UN security council meeting in New York 31 July 2015.

The premier of Niue, Toke Talagi, addresses the United Nations Security Council at a meeting on peace and security issues facing Small Island Developing States. Photo: UN Photo/Evan Schneider