Prime Minister opens resort on remote Niue island
It was a very proud occasion for the Arrow Team last week when the Prime Minister, Mr Bill English, flew into Niue to open the new Matavai Conference Centre and Accommodation.
Mr English said new facilities at the islands only hotel, the Matavai Resort, would help establish Niue as an event and conference venue.
He said it is part of a plan to spread tourist visits over the year, to reduce the environmental impact and to extend the benefits for the local economy.
The opening was the culmination of almost 12 months of hard work by the Arrow team, our New Zealand trades and an exceptional group of Niuean labourers who worked alongside us throughout the year.
This remote island is not nicknamed ‘the rock’ without reason. Just scratch the surface and you’re right into coral rock and our team manned jackhammers for over three months to dig out the building foundations!
Add to this an unrelenting tropical heat, a five month cyclone season and the need to ship in all materials and skilled labour and you can appreciate just what it takes to build on a very remote 269 square kilometre island.
The team overcame the many logistical challenges that were thrown at them to deliver the project on time that everyone on the island is thankful for.
Project Director, Michael Hornikel had the privilege of joining the Prime Minister’s official party and escorting Mr English around the completed facilities.
“The Prime Minister showed genuine interest in the project and took the time after his tour to shake hands and chat with every member of the team” says Michael.
Arrow has been working both the Australian & NZ Ministries of Foreign Affairs & Trade and the Government of Niue since 2010 on various projects.
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