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Musical Che

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 … Read more …

Villages now focus of sponsorship

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 …

Noni plantation remains in business

Niue’s organic noni farm remains in business despite one of its owners, the Reef Group, going into receivership in November 2012. The Niue government was in discussions in November 2013 with authorities in Thailand on the potential to export noni leaves for tea. For the last year it has been maintaining the joint venture noni … Read more …

Speaking up for the Pacific

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 …

Linking with our Pacific friends

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 …

Lakepa tower now operating

A new Internet Niue transmission tower at Lakepa is now providing stable service to the north of the island. Emani Fakaotimanava-Lui of RockET Systems, Internet Niue’s service provider, says the transmitter has been tested for more than a month with good results. Internet users in Lakepa, Mutulau and Liku will be enjoying the benefits. “It … Read more …

Niue blue, our national butterfly

Niue has an endemic butterfly (one found nowhere else in the world) known as the Niue blue. It was discovered by Gold Coast school teacher and butterfly collector Rob Lachlan in December 2009. The discovery of Nacaduba niueensis surprised the scientific community as the flora and fauna of the Pacific Islands has been well researched … Read more …

Logo designer dies

Internet Niue is saddened by the death of Niue artist Charles Jessop, the designer of the Internet Niue logo. Mr Jessop, the art teacher at Niue High School, was one of a small group of artists who led the revival of interest in the distinctive Niuean designs traditionally used to decorate hiapo (tapa cloth). The … Read more …

Vanilla growers wanted

Vanilla beans from Niue have a reputation for high quality, but there are not enough beans produced to meet market demand. Niue Vanilla International sells its certified organic vanilla to Europe, the United States, Australia and New Zealand and is working on a deal with Japan. Owner Stanley Kalauni says the business is flourishing but … Read more …

Hopes and ideas from Geneva

The challenges faced by internet service providers (ISPs) on small Pacific Islands were highlighted at Global INET 2012, the Internet Society’s 20th annual forum in April. Emani Fakaotimanava-Lui, who attended the forum in Geneva, Switzerland, as a  representative of the Pacific Islands Internet Society Chapter (PICISOC), spoke about the high costs, limited bandwidth and latency … Read more …