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Niue Government 1996

    • Names:

        conventional long form:

        conventional short form:

    • Digraph:

    • Type:
      self-governing territory in free association with New Zealand; Niue fully responsible for internal affairs; New Zealand retains responsibility for external affairs

    • Capital:

    • Administrative divisions:

    • Independence:
      19 October 1974 (became a self-governing territory in free association with New Zealand on 19 October 1974)

    • National holiday:
      Waitangi Day, 6 February (1840) (Treaty of Waitangi established British sovereignty)

    • Constitution:
      19 October 1974 (Niue Constitution Act)

    • Legal system:
      English common law

    • Suffrage:
      18 years of age; universal

    • Executive branch:

        chief of state:
        Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by New Zealand Representative Kurt MEYER (since NA)

        head of government:
        Premier Frank F. LUI (since 12 March 1993; Acting Premier since December 1992)

        Cabinet; consists of the premier and three other ministers

    • Legislative branch:

        Legislative Assembly:
        elections last held 6 March 1993 (next to be held NA 1996); results - percent of vote NA; seats - (20 total, 6 elected)

    • Judicial branch:
      Appeal Court of New Zealand, High Court

    • Political parties and leaders:
      Niue Peoples Party (NPP), Young VIVIAN

    • Member of:
      ESCAP (associate), INTELSAT (nonsignatory user), SPARTECA, SPC, SPF, UNESCO, WHO

    • Diplomatic representation in US:
      none (self-governing territory in free association with New Zealand)

    • US diplomatic representation:
      none (self-governing territory in free association with New Zealand)

    • Flag:
      yellow with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant; the flag of the UK bears five yellow five-pointed stars - a large one on a blue disk in the center and a smaller one on each arm of the bold red cross

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