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 …
Picturesque thatched roof cottages may be part of a typical Pacific island dream, but they’re not very practical in a tropical cyclone, when winds can reach 200 km an hour.
The first Niuean homes were called fala pola. These were kafika-tree frames bound with coconut husk rope and covered with coconut fronds.
When the Christian missionaries arrived, they encouraged the people of Niue to leave their traditional dwellings and to live in lime-plastered, thatched-roofed houses in coastal villages.
After disastrous cyclones in 1959 and 1960, the New Zealand Government replaced the colonial style houses with tin-roofed “hurricane-resistant” concrete-block dwellings.
Source: Niue by Charles Cooper. Reed Children’s Books, 2000, Auckland, New Zealand. ISBN 18694884