Monday, August 19, 2013

Niue (1)

Niue's waters are perfect opportunity to encounter and interact with a beguiling array of marine life.

Sent by Team of Niue Tourism in Alofi, Niue Island. Fakaaue Lahi (thank you).

Niue (/ˈnj/ new-ay; Niuean: Niuē) is an island country in the South Pacific Ocean, 2,400 kilometres (1,500 mi) northeast of New Zealand and within the triangle formed by Tonga (to the southwest), the Samoas (to the northwest) and the Cook Islands (to the southeast). Its land area is 260 square kilometres (100 sq mi) and its population, predominantly Polynesian, is around 1,400. They commonly refer to the island as "the Rock", a reference to the traditional moniker "Rock of Polynesia".
Niue is a self-governing state in free association with New Zealand, and most of its diplomatic relations are conducted by New Zealand on Niue's behalf. According to Tony Angelo, professor of international law at Victoria University of Wellington, in practice this means that Niue develops its foreign relations freely, with assistance from New Zealand when it is required and assented to by Niue.  All Niueans are New Zealand citizens, and Queen Elizabeth II is Niue's head of state in her capacity as Queen of New Zealand. 90–95% of Niuean people live in New Zealand, along with about 70% of the speakers of the Niuean language. (read further)

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