Legend

Mataginifale and the turtle

One morning, Mataginifale, a beautiful hiapo-making woman from Fetuna was working on her hiapo. A turtle stopped by to admire her work. He complimented her on her good looks and cleverness. He flattered her and she was smitten. Then one day, the turtle invited Mataginifale to go for a ride on his back. Mataginifale did … Read more …

Why Niueans never eat shark meat

Mataginifale, youngest daughter of the first King and Queen of Niue lived at Paliatola. She made hiapo, the bark cloth of Niue, but she also had the job of painting the fish of the sea in their rainbow colours. As she worked she would chant these words: ” Swim, swim fish swim here kind fish … Read more …