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 …
Che Fu, of Niue and Maori descent, is one of New Zealand’s most successful vocalists and is considered a NZ pioneer of Hip Hop and Pasifika music.
In 2011, Fu and his father Tigilau were featured in a documentary for Māori TV in which they travelled to their homeland of Matalau, Niue for the first time together. While in Niue, Fu married his long-time partner Angela McDonald, with whom he has had four sons, Loxmyn, Marley, Jeru, and Kaselle,
Che was a founding member of the legendary local band Supergroove. Responsible for a string of what have gone on to become classic kiwi anthems, Supergroove generated a staggering six Top 10 hits throughout the 90s.
Che has had the most Top 10 singles in New Zealand and has won most of the awards attainable in New Zealand, and a handful internationally. In addition he became the first ‘New Zealand Hologram’, performing with his hologram self at Vector Arena for TelstraClear.
At the 1997 New Zealand Music Awards he won Single of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Male Vocalist of the Year; and in 2002 he was winner of the following categories: Top Male Vocalist, R&B and Hip-Hop, People’s Choice Award, Single of the Year, Album of the Year.
In 2009 Che was presented the New Zealand Order of Merit by the Governor General for his services to music. In 2014 his contribution to New Zealand music was recognised when he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Pacific Music Awards.