Culture

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 …

Pule power

Niue-born John Pule is one of the Pacific’s most distinguished contemporary artists. A poet and novelist, his work has featured in many exhibitions in Australia, New Zealand, Korea, South Africa and the United States. In 2004 the New Zealand Arts Foundation awarded him a Laureate for his achievements. In the 2012 Queens Birthday honours he … Read more …

Top 10 muso

How Bizarre, New Zealand’s biggest selling record of all time, was written by OMC (Otara’s Millionaires Club) front man Pauly Fuemana who is of Niuean and Maori descent. It went to number one in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Ireland, South Africa and Austria. It topped the United States airplay charts and was number two on … Read more …

Dance and songs

The culture and tradition of Niue is rich in music, with many traditional songs sung without musical accompaniment. Dances and songs feature at weddings, official ceremonies and other important events, with a wooden drum known as the palau or nafa made out of the carved trunk of the selie tree used to provide the beat. … Read more …

Two-way gift-giving

If you’re visiting Niue on business or to meet the locals, don’t forget to pack some small gifts. On Niue, gifts signal esteem and friendship and are frequently exchanged in both formal and informal settings. While the locals don’t necessarily expect gifts to be immediately reciprocated, as a visitor who may not return to the … Read more …

Level Playing Field

Unlike many Polynesian societies, Niue lacks hereditary rulers. Elders are normally obeyed and respected, and special accord is given to males and those who are first-borns. But Niue has a culture that values individual achievement, social mobility and those with a strong work ethic. Before the arrival of the Europeans in 1774, Niue was governed … Read more …

A living heritage

Unlike some other Polynesian cultures, Niueans have not had a strong tradition of preserving historical artifacts, oral storytelling or the recitation of genealogies. However there has been a recent revival of several handicrafts, such as the building of canoes by hand and the making of hiapo (tapa) cloth from mulberry bark. Also, a government department … Read more …