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 …
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Subsistence agriculture is still very much part of the Niue lifestyle and economy. Although most families can afford imported foods – such as canned corned beef, frozen chicken and rice – they also have a strong cultural link to the land and the food they can grow.
Niue’s tropical climate allows many crops to be grown, although cultivation is made difficult by the jagged limestone pinnacles that dot the landscape. Other challenges include limited areas of fertile soil and dry seasons with little or no rainfall for up to three months.
Crops grown include talo (taro), yams, and tapioca, and tree crops such as coconut, breadfruit, papaya, mango and bananas. These crops also sustain the production of pigs. Talo and noni (for its juice) is also grown commercially for export to New Zealand.
Tropical fruits – along with traditional local foods like uga (coconut crabs), talo, breadfruit, cassava and shellfish – can be bought at the makete (local market) that runs every Tuesday and Friday morning in central Alofi, the capital.
Sources: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niue and www.niueisland.com/food/