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 …
Niu (coconut palms) are known as the tree of life by the peoples of the Pacific. They grow abundantly in Niue, providing shade from the hot tropical sun.
But that’s only one of a multitude of services the palms provide. When split, the nut contains about four cups of sweet, nutritious and thirst-quenching liquid. Coconut cream is made by pulping the flesh of the coconut through the hessian-like matting that surrounds the base of each coconut frond. The cream is used in many dishes and is used as a food accompaniment. It is also mixed with starch-based flours to make bread dough.
If coconut cream is allowed to age and curdle, the resulting oil can be used in cooking or as an effective treatment for ringworm. When mixed with frangipani blossom, coconut oil becomes a fragrant perfume and a dressing for hair.
The empty shells are used to carry water, halved to make ceremonial bras, or polished, cut and shaped into jewellery. The fronds were traditionally made into roof thatching, the husk fibre woven into strong ropes, and the split fronds used as the framework around which pandanus leaves are woven into baskets, mats and hats.
The wood of the coconut palm was traditionally used to make tools and in house and canoe building.
Source: Niue by Charles Cooper. Reed Children’s Books, 2000, Auckland, New Zealand. ISBN 18694884