Niue, one of the world's largest coral atolls, is approximately 1500 miles northeast of New Zealand.
The English navigator, James Cook, first sighted this beautiful spot in 1774, but was refused landing three times by Niuean warriors. Cook departed, but charted Niue and named it Savage Island.
Niue's remoteness, as well as cultural and linguistic differences between its Polynesian inhabitants and those of the rest of the Cook Islands, have caused it to be separately administered by New Zealand since the early 1900s.
The local economy suffers from the typical small Pacific island problems of geographic isolation, very limited natural resources, and a small decreasing population. In fact, the population of Niue continues to drop (from a peak of 5,200 in 1966 to about 2,200 in 2004), with substantial on-going emigration to New Zealand.
Revenues from the sale of collectable postage stamps and tourism give the local economy a much-needed boost.
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Quick Facts and Figures
Official Name Niue,
a free association territory of New Zealand,
Capital City Alofi
Languages Polynesian dialect, English
Official Currency New Zealand Dollar
Religions Ekalesia Niue, Latter Day Saints, others
Population 2,156 (July 2004 est.)
Land Area 260 sq km (100 sq miles)
Latitude/Longitude 19º 02S, 169º 52W
Niue Large Color Map here
Niue Map CIA version here
Niue Outline Map here
Oceania Maps here
Niue (Complete) information on the (GDP) overall economy, imports and exports, resources, government, population, military, transportation, and more here
Niue Tourism here
Niue Photos here
Climate With its tropical, South Pacific Ocean location, Niue is hot and humid, with average daily high temperatures in the high 80s throughout the year.
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