Population

Alofi, where it happens

No part of Niue can be described as urban, but nearly one-fifth of the population lives in the vicinity of the capital, Alofi. Villages are laid out around a central, flat open space – the male (village green) – which is used for meetings, sports events and ceremonies. Most houses face the most socially important … Read more …

The mixed blessings of colonisation

The arrival of European explorers and Christian missionaries in the 18th and 19th centuries has led inevitably to Niue’s integration into the global culture. It has obviously had its benefits in terms of education, medical care, travel and employment opportunities. But it hasn’t been without its downsides – among them the loss of culture, and … Read more …

Most tourists are New Zealanders

New Zealanders, returning Niueans and people of Niuean descent visiting family are the main visitors to Niue. Tourist numbers fell from 1400 in 2003 to 723 in 2004 due in large part to the effects of Cyclone Heta, but increased to 2800 in 2005 and 3500 in 2007. Considerable efforts are still being made to … Read more …

What to do about a falling population?

Population decline is a major concern for Niue. Emigration to New Zealand and further afield has been a feature of life since the opening of Niue’s airport in 1971. Niue’s population, according to the 2006 Niue Census was 1625, down by 10% on the 2001 census, and from around 5000 in the 1960s. The population … Read more …