The New Zealand Aid Programme in Niue focuses on economic sustainability, mainly through developing the tourism industry and helping the Niue Government to become more self-reliant. We are Niue's largest funder.

Under the Niue Constitution, New Zealand provides necessary economic and administrative assistance, and is responsible for Niue's defence and surveillance of its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Graphic showing total aid for Niue 2015-16

Total aid to Niue is made up of programme funding for activities specific to Niue, as well as other funding which can include scholarships, regional initiatives, activities supported through the Partnerships Fund, and humanitarian response. 

Shared vision

New Zealand and Niue have signed a Joint Commitment. This sets out the shared vision of our two governments, the priority areas we're focused on, each countries' responsibilities, and the funding New Zealand will provide.

Read the Joint Commitment  [PDF, 165 KB]

What we're supporting

We're working closely with the Niue Government and local agencies on several aid activities.

Priority Activities and outcomes
Increase economic benefits from tourism 

Supporting the expansion of Niue's largest hotel, the Matavai Resort, to accommodate growing tourist numbers.

Providing $1m in 2015/16 to promote Niue as a tourist destination.

Economic governance
Strengthen economic governance

Providing Niue with $2m in 2015/16 to help manage and maintain its existing assets, and continue development of a long-term asset management plan.

Providing $7.5m in 2015/16 to enable the Niue government to deliver core services.

Providing  the Niuean chamber of commerce with $350,000 in 2015/16 to foster private sector development.

Find out more about our aid activities by country.

Recent achievements

Priority  Achievement

Increase economic benefits from tourism

Annual tourist numbers to Niue and tourism’s contribution to the economy have doubled since 2009, when tourist development became a priority for the aid programme. 

Economic governance
Strengthen economic governance

From 2012 to 2013, private sector employment grew:

  • full-time staff increased more than 25% (from 152 to 194)
  • part-time staff increased more than 110% (from 87 to 184).

Budget support provided since XXYEAR has enabled the Niue government to deliver core services that could not otherwise be funded from domestically generated revenue. These services match government priorities and are delivered within budget.

80% of maintenance in the annual asset management programme planned for 2013/14, was implemented in. This included:

  • overhauling power generators 
  • renovating the radio broadcasting station's building
  • ongoing equipment and building maintenance at Niue Hospital 
  • renovating and upgrading Niue High School's multi-purpose hall
  • maintaining the telecommunication's technology systems

Improve knowledge, skills and basic education

Careers NZ helped Niue High School to implement a careers programme.

In 2013 and 2014, Niue's High School NCEA results were above the New Zealand national average.