“Niue is a Pacific Island paradise like no other, one of the smallest countries, and one of the largest raised coral atolls on earth. Niue is a place where it’s normal for complete strangers to wave at each other, all the time. It’s a place where nature hasn’t been broken… and things are the way they used to be” says the Niue official bureau of Tourism. This island is a large upraised coral atoll, in the centre of a triangle of nations made up of Tonga, Samoa and the Cook Islands, at 2400km north east of New Zealand. The island’s isolation and coral origins create an exciting coastline. The whole island is dotted with a myriad of caves, sheltered rocky coves and secret beaches, some of which have yet to be explored. The Huvalu Rainforest is home to some amazing indigenous trees and has been designated as a Conservation Area to protect and conserve the islands primary rainforest and natural fauna and flora. A paradise.
OVER THE HORIZON
The legend says that there was a beautiful woman… her name was Mataginifale and she was well known for her hiapo making (hiapo means the first born child). The legend told was that she lived in the middle of Niue at a place call Fetuna, in Paluki, the land between Alofi and Liku. Sometimes she came to Palitoa to spend her days at the beach, making her hiapo. Mataginifale made hiapo from barks she stripped from mulberry sticks. She used a piece of wood to beat and pound the mulberry bark until they became soft and pliable to be used without breaking them, and sea water to wash away the sediment until the hiapo was clean and ready.
One morning, Mataginifale was working on her hiapo and a turtle stopped by to admire her work and complimented her on her good looks and cleverness. The turtle invited Mataginifale to go for a ride on his back. Mataginifale was happy, because she wanted to see beyond the horizon. She packed some food and drink into a basket and they headed out into the horizon.