History

Behold the coconut

Niue is an island of many names. Its official name is Niue Fekai, which some people believe means ‘Niue as a whole’. Others believe it is drawn from the old Samoan and Tongan languages and means ‘Niue the Fierce’. Some prefer to think of ‘Niue standing on its own’ – Niue Nukututaha. However, Niue can … Read more …

Niue the fierce

The first European explorer to attempt a landing on Niue was Captain James Cook in June 1774. He and his crew were forcefully repelled by parties of fearsomely attired men uttering blood curdling screams and brandishing spears with the purpose of repelling these visitors, for fear that they would bring diseases – a fate that … Read more …