Agriculture Fishing Food

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 …

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 …

Traditional food treats

Niueans have traditionally prided themselves on the quality of their food and their standards of food preparation; using it as a way to distinguish themselves from other cultures. The traditional diet was made up of plants and fruits gathered in the forests; small shellfish, sea urchins, crustaceans and snails gathered on the reefs and fish … Read more …

Locally grown culture

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 … Read more …

Fruits of the forests

Forests make up 65-70% of the land area of Niue, although only about one sixth of this is primary forest. Historically much of the forest was cleared for farming, but in recent years farming activity has reduced and many formerly farmed areas are reverting to secondary forest or scrub. Mature forest has a high, closed … Read more …