Niue says its borders will stay shut to tourists

The Cook Islands has announced it will re-open its borders from the second week of January, but Niue Tourism Board chairperson Vanessa Marsh said they would not following suit.

She said Niue doesn't have a set date for re-opening its borders, but the country was looking toward late in the first half of 2022.

Marsh said Niue was taking a cautious approach.

Forum team leader - Nauru visit very productive

RNZ reports the Forum and the Commonwealth Secretariat provided monitors last year and this week have been meeting with the Nauru Electoral Commission to discuss their observations.

Gail Owens said they have talked about the low number of women taking part in the political process, civic awareness and voter education and the merits of improving this, and questions about the system in place for voters moving between constituencies.

Ms Owens said the international agencies are not there to direct the Commission, but to give advice.