21/06/2013 2011 VILLAGE CENSUS RESULTS AND FACTS
The Niue Government has recently released the 2011 Census results which show interesting reading and scrutiny. In its display of transparency and information sharing initiative it was the first time in many years for the milestone meeting to occur. Unlike other white papers that the government decline to release publicly the initiative is hailed by the participants who attended as appropriate.
Launched by Premier Toke Talagi and Government Statistician Kim Ray Vaha in May it was a good chance to know how the village results compare with other villages during the same period. The glossy published report produced with assistance by SPC reflects outcomes of the 2011 census questions filled in by every household in Niue.
MPs were invited to the launching at the Government Building at Fonuakula and confirm how vital statistics are to the country and villages. Together with Head of Departments and senior officers the forum stimulates rigorous discussion mainly on the current population level and social indicators associated with what constitutes a viable and sustainable nation and villages.
While there are no simple solutions and expert predictions on what the future holds for Niue the exercise entirely raises several key issues that need urgent attention and action. It is vital to keep up to date with the actual statistics for the community to understand the type and quality of livelihood or poverty indicators in the community.
Often decision makers ignore the value of numbers and make casual commitments with no authentic basis to explain the reasons for having certain policies and strategies for the village to follow. The cost can be enormous in the long run where decisions are made with speculation no knowing the implication and consequences on the lives of the people. Likewise it is paramount for the community to know the results of the national census. The days are gone when this type of important reports were put on the shelf to dust.
Putting behind the past the report will now allow the local population and government to discuss in detail alarming areas and plan ahead how to curb the negative figures and patterns mainly to do with health. In a new twist the Stats Office has advised the use of latest statistics for village information and planning effort which will enhance wider public understanding and awareness.
Hon Young Vivian, Hakupu MP said the latest stats results for the village will be a useful reference for our knowledge and future planning. We have capacity to take the lead and help other villages to do the same approach to help our people understand the census outcomes. We rely too much on the Government to do things for us when this sort of work can be done at the community level.
He said this is a start to introduce transparency so we know where we are, what we are doing, how to learn the stats and when to address the gaps. Gender is another important word today that we should learn more about and put into practice in our village system even though we don’t have much of a problem. This is why I am grateful to the government for the sensible approach to this community-based project to be distributed for the people to understand, he remarked.
While it has taken time to complete the report it’s still better than nothing, Young said. Now is the time to discuss the results and ask questions on why and how we can make meaningful decisions and actions to make things better.
For Hakupu village, results show mixed results from very good, moderate to dire indicators as summarized below:
– Hakupu has a total population of 129, 76 male and 53 female which is 8% of the total population or 6th most populated village.
– From 163 people in 2006 there was a substantial reduction or loss of 33 and since 2001 when the population level was 221 and in 1997 when it was 258. In 1997 Hakupu had the 3rd largest population behind Alofi South and Alofi North. During the census day 17 people were away overseas.
The population loss in Hakupu for the 2011 census compared to the previous two census in 2006 and 2001 was somewhat consistent to the overall national trend. The annual population growth from 2006 to 2011 was -4.0.
– School attendance of the residential population aged 4 to 18 years was 43, 27 male and 16 female, 13 year 1-6, 8 year 7-9, 19 year 10-13.
– Household participation in sports/exercise was 39 mainly walking with36%, sport with 28% and jogging 10%.
– There was 33% of the population who smoke and 67% non-smokers, the second highest on Niue.
– There was 68% of alcohol drinkers and 32% of non-alcohol drinkers generally which was the highest on Niue. The census however did not specify or assess the amount of alcohol consumption per person over a specified time.
– 85% of the population has TV or 101 people.
– 58 people had a mode of transport.
– Total number of private houses was 112.
– There was 89.7% of titled land 3rd from Lakepa and Hikutavake.
– There were 39 households with 38 cellular phones, 23 mobile phones and 4 fax machines.
– There were 12 desk top computers and 24 laptop computer and 9 printers.
– There was 17 Wi-Fi internet connection and 22 has no internet connection at all or 44% connections.
– There were 26 knapsack sprayer, 32 metal husker, 30 firearms, 35 bush knife, 28 axe, 17 chainsaw, 28 brush cutter and 24 motor mower.
– There were 17 household with pigsty, 5 household with chicken house and 32 household with free range chicken.
Where the stats might be wrongly entered or interpreted the HICT Office or the Niue Stats Office may be contacted for clarification.