Minister Aupito William Sio impresses the crowd with his speech at the constitution celebrations announcing additional $22.4 million

More than forty thousand people of Niuean descent live in New Zealand and a large proportion live in South Auckland, mainly in the electorate of Mangere, where New Zealand’s Minister for Pacific People Aupito William Sio is their elected representative.

To many in the crowd at the flag-raising ceremony yesterday, he is a well-known and much-loved politician of Pacific heritage and very much respected by the Niue community in Auckland and in Niue.

During his address, he spoke of the historical bond that exists between Niue and New Zealand long before the constitution of 1974 mixing the formal tone of his speech with an injection of humour as only a skilled orator would.

The full story can be found at TV Niue, along with other news from Niue and around the Pacific.