Niue is an elevated coral atoll with fringing coral reefs encircling steep limestone cliffs. It lies 2400 km northeast of New Zealand between Tonga, Sāmoa, and the Cook Islands.
Our collections represent stories of Niue and its people. Today Niuean communities maintain connections to their homeland and their language, customs, and culture in a range of new contexts.
Explore some of our Niuean stories about our communities and collections from kahoa hihi to katoua, tiputa to titi, the coral atoll to coconut, and more.
Tuhinga 22: Exploring ‘the Rock’: Material culture from Niue Island in Te Papa’s Pacific
Our Pacific Cultures collection holds around 300 objects from the island of Niue, including textiles, costumes and accessories, weapons, canoes and items of fishing equipment. Read about how the history of the collection is described, including the increasing involvement of the Niue community and collecting possibilities for the future are considered.