Guide to employment, payroll and benefits in


Rivermate offers complete payroll, benefits and compliance services for


01. Overview

Last updated: 

August 19, 2021

New Zealand Dollar
Ease of doing business
GDP growth

02. Grow your team in


with Rivermate

Payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance can be difficult to manage in


, particularly if you don't have established local relationships. You can hire employees in


effectively, conveniently, and in full compliance with all relevant labor laws using Rivermate's global employment solution. We handle the responsibilities and legal risks associated with foreign employment so you can concentrate on growing your company.

03. Summary

Niue is a South Pacific island nation located 2,400 kilometers northeast of New Zealand. Niue has a land area of about 261 square kilometers and a population of about 1,600 people, most of whom are Polynesian. Tonga, Samoa, and the Cook Islands form a triangle around Niue. Tonga is 604 kilometers to the northeast. The island is known as "The Rock," a nickname derived from the traditional name "Rock of Polynesia." Niue is a massive coral island in the Pacific Ocean. The island's terrain has two distinct levels. A limestone cliff runs along the coast on the higher level, with a plateau in the center of the island rising to about 60 meters above sea level. The lower level is a 0.5-kilometer-wide, 25–27-meter-high coastal terrace that slopes down and meets the sea in small cliffs. The island is surrounded by a coral reef, with the only significant break in the reef occurring near the capital, Alofi, on the central western coast. Niue is a self-governing island nation in free association with New Zealand, with New Zealand handling the majority of its diplomatic affairs. Niueans are citizens of New Zealand since they are part of the Realm of New Zealand, and Queen Elizabeth II, as Queen of New Zealand, is Niue's head of state. Between 90% and 95% of Niuean people, as well as around 70% of Niuean language speakers, live in New Zealand. Niue is a bilingual country, with 30% of the population fluent in both Niuean and English. Only 11% of people are monolingual English speakers, while 46% are monolingual Niuean speakers. Although Niue is not a member of the United Nations, its status as a freely associated state has been recognised by UN organizations as equal to freedom for the purposes of international law. As a result, Niue is a member of several UN specialized agencies and is invited to UN conferences open to "all nations" alongside the Cook Islands, the other non-UN member state. Since 1980, Niue has been a member of the Pacific Community. The island of Niue is divided into 14 villages. Each village has its own council, which elects its leader. The villages are also electoral districts, with each village sending an assemblyperson to the Niuean Parliament. Niueans hold legislative elections every three years in their small and democratic country. The Niue Integrated Strategic Plan, which was implemented in 2003, is the country's growth strategy, outlining national development goals such as financial sustainability. Niue has been a pioneer in green growth since the late twentieth century, and the European Union is assisting the country in its transition to renewable energy. Cyclone Heta struck Niue in January 2004, wreaking havoc on the island and wiping out the majority of South Alofi. Because national efforts were focused on rehabilitation, the catastrophe pushed the island's timetable for implementing the NISP out by around two years.

04. Public holidays

05. Types of leave

Paid time off

Public holidays

Sick days

Maternity leave

Paternity leave

Parental leave

Other leave

06. Employment termination

Termination process

Notice period

Severance pay

Probation period

07. Working hours



08. Minimum wage


Salaries in Niue range from 1,250 NZD per month to 22,100 NZD per month.

09. Employee benefits


Mandatory benefits postulated by law include a probationary period, pay on annual leaves, public holidays, sick leaves, maternity leave, paternity leave, and overtime pay. Statutory benefits also include social security benefits

10. Why Rivermate as your Employer of Record / PEO?

Establishing an entity in


to hire a team takes time, money, and effort. The labor law in


has strong worker employment protection, requiring great attention to details and a thorough awareness of local best practices. Rivermate makes expanding into


simple and effortless. We can assist you with hiring your preferred talent, managing HR and payroll, and ensuring compliance with local legislation without the hassle of establishing a foreign branch office or subsidiary. Our PEO and Global Employer of Record solutions in


give you peace of mind so you can focus on running your business.

Please contact us if you'd like to learn more about how Rivermate can help you hire employees in


via our Employer of Record / PEO solution.

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