Niue’s villages are the focus of Internet Niue’s current sponsorship programme. The IUSN Foundation that funds Internet Niue presents a $500 grant to each village council at the village’s annual show day. Foundation chief executive Per Darnell says the wifi service is free to villagers, but transmitters are normally hosted on land or buildings under … Read more …
Internet Niue and its service provider RockET Systems have been speaking up in international forums on behalf of internet users in Niue and the wider Pacific. RockET director Emani Fakaotimanava-Lui says it’s important that the global internet community is constantly reminded of the internet access issues faced by small Pacific Islands. “Satellite connections such as … Read more …
Emani Fakaotimanava-Lui, director of Internet Niue’s service provider RockET Systems Limited, has been elected to the board of the Pacific Islands Chapter of the world-wide Internet Society (PICISOC). He will also serve as PICISOC secretary for two years. The chapter, which represents the interests of Oceania-Pacific internet users, seeks to provide impartial and relevant advice … Read more …
Mataginifale, youngest daughter of the first King and Queen of Niue lived at Paliatola. She made hiapo, the bark cloth of Niue, but she also had the job of painting the fish of the sea in their rainbow colours. As she worked she would chant these words:
” Swim, swim fish
swim here kind fish only
swim away wild fish”.
When nearly all the fish had been painted, a shark swam up to her. Mataginifale asked the shark what colour it wanted to be. The shark replied that it did not need colouring, but that instead of being painted it was going to use its sharp teeth to cut off Mataginifale’s beautiful long hair. Mataginifale was furious; she was a princess!
Mataginifale was so annoyed that she insulted it and sent it away. Because of her rudeness the flesh of the shark smells and tastes bad even to this day and that is why Niueans never eat shark meat.
Sources: Niue by Charles Cooper. Reed Children’s Books, 2000. ISBN 1869488490 and Pacific Pathways Education Kit, Auckland Museum 2001