12 Jun 2010

Niue beer shortage a mystery to Premier

5:57 pm on 12 June 2010

The Premier of Niue says he doesn't know why the island's Bond Store has run out of beer in the middle of the tourist season.

Toke Talagi says Niue gets a couple of containers of beer every time a boat visits the island, and that's supposed to last about six weeks.

It has been suggested that the Government doesn't have enough money to pre-pay for beer, as it's the third time this year, Radio New Zealand International reports, that supplies at the store have run out.

But Mr Talagi says the Government has more than enough resources to bring in as much beer as it wants - it's a trading commodity that money can be made out of, he says.

The Premier says there is some beer in the clubs

It's thought that a container of beer due on the May vessel missed the boat.