Niue Government

What is the capital of Niue?

Country Name Niue

note: pronunciation falls between nyu-way and new-way, but not like new-wee
Full Country Name none
Former Name Savage Island
Etymology- history of name the origin of the name is obscure; in Niuean, the word supposedly translates as "behold the coconut"
Government Type self-governing parliamentary democracy (Fouo Ekepule) in free association with New Zealand
Capital Name Alofi
Capital - geographic coordinate 19 01 S, 169 55 W
Capital Time Difference UTC-11 (6 hours behind Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
Independence 19 October 1974 (Niue became a self-governing parliamentary government in free association with New Zealand)
National Holiday Waitangi Day (Treaty of Waitangi established British sovereignty over New Zealand), 6 February (1840)
Constitution several previous (New Zealand colonial statutes); latest 19 October 1974 (Niue Constitution Act 1974); amended 1992, 2007
Dependency Status self-governing in free association with New Zealand since 1974; Niue fully responsible for internal affairs; New Zealand retains responsibility for external affairs and defense; however, these responsibilities confer no rights of control and are only exercised at the request of the Government of Niue

Niue Capital City Map

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Niue Government and Politics

Who is the president of Niue?

Executive Branch:

chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor-General of New Zealand Dame Patricia Lee REDDY (since 28 September 2016); the UK and New Zealand are represented by New Zealand High Commissioner Kirk YATES (since May 2018)

head of government: Premier Sir Toke TALAGI (since 18 June 2008)

cabinet: Cabinet chosen by the premier

elections/appointments: the monarchy is hereditary; premier indirectly elected by the Legislative Assembly for a 3-year term; election last held on 12 May 2017 (next to be held in 2020)

election results: Toke TALAGI reelected premier; Legislative Assembly vote - Toke TALAGI (independent) 15, O'Love JACOBSEN (independent) 5

Legal System:

English common law

Suffrage:

18 years of age; universal

Legislative Branch:

description: unicameral Assembly or Fono Ekepule (20 seats; 14 members directly elected in single-seat constituencies by simple majority vote and 6 directly elected from the National Register or "common roll" by majority vote; members serve 3-year terms)

elections: last held on 6 May 2017 (next to be held in 2020)

election results: percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - independent 20; composition - men 15, women 5, percent of women 25%

Judicial Branch:

highest resident court(s): Court of Appeal (consists of the chief justice and up to 3 judges); note - the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (in London) is the final appeal court beyond the Niue Court of Appeal

judge selection and term of office: Niue chief justice appointed by the governor-general on the advice of the Cabinet and tendered by the premier; other judges appointed by the governor-general on the advice of the Cabinet and tendered by the chief justice and the minister of justice; judges serve until age 68

subordinate courts: High Court

note: Niue is a participant in the Pacific Judicial Development Program, which is designed to build governance and the rule of law in 15 Pacific island countries

Regions or States:

none; note - there are no first-order administrative divisions as defined by the US Government, but there are 14 villages at the second order

Political Parties and Leaders:

Alliance of Independents or AI

Niue People's Action Party or NPP [Young VIVIAN]

International Organization Participation:

ACP, AOSIS, FAO, IFAD, OPCW, PIF, Sparteca, SPC, UNESCO, UPU, WHO, WIPO, WMO

Diplomatic Representation in the US:

none (self-governing territory in free association with New Zealand)

Diplomatic Representation from US:

none (self-governing territory in free association with New Zealand)

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