Monday, 18 February 2013

Niue My Homeland


Fakalofa Lahi Atu, last week I travelled to Niue Island with my grandparents, mother, aunty, uncle and cousins.  Here is three simple short stories that I wrote about my homeland.

Niue Island
Niue Island is a huge raised coral atoll, which means that Niue is high above sea level.

It is in the centre of a triangle of four Polynesian islands made up of Tonga, Cook Islands and Samoa. It takes three hours to travel from NZ (New Zealand) to Niue by plane.

It is made up of fourteen colourful villages. I come from the capital of Niue which is Alofi.  I also come from Hakupu.

There are less than 1,500 people living in Niue. Most people are bilingual, speaking both Niuean and English. People who travel there are called tourists but those who live in Niue are called locals. The locals are very kind, friendly and helpful.

Sunday is a respected day in Niue. Most locals attend church in the morning and again in the afternoon. Throughout the country Sunday is the best day for rest and worship. Tourists however play golf, go sightseeing or swimming but not boating and fishing as it is not allowed.

Niue Island is a great holiday destination to go for a fabulous and safe vacation.

Matapa Chasm

Have you ever been to Matapa chasm before?  Well it is an incredible place that you can go to do a range of water activities such as snorkelling, diving, swimming and skimming rocks.


My favourite thing to do there is snorkelling.  Snorkelling at Matapa Chasm is absolutely outstanding as the water is clear and unpolluted.  You can see a variety of sea creatures like coloured, stripy, bright, neon, large, small, tiny fish, sea snakes and even sea urchins (kina).

Matapa Chasm was once used as a bathing place for Niue’s Traditional kings.  It is an awesome place to go and cool off while in Niue.



UGA
Uga is an island land crab which is popular in Niue.  At first they are blue then when you boil them they turn red.  It is the best seafood you could ever eat.

Uga is hard to find if you don’t know what you are doing.  Luckily the locals are smart and experienced at catching uga.

To catch an uga you have to go into the forest at daytime and lay your bait.  The bait is usually dry brown coconuts tied onto a rock.  
After a couple of days you go back at night to see if you have caught any.

Uga hunting is difficult at first but after lots of practice, you will get use to it.  My grandpa is good at hunting uga but he said that my cousins in Hakupu are the best.

29 comments:

  1. Hi Stevenson.

    Totally loved your story on our home land the rock Niue Island! You had such a good time there and looks like you caught a big Uga too! yum yum! One day i hope to return to the rock and visit all those places you went. What a great holiday! bye for now.

    MEL (Khaias awesome mum!)

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  2. I can't wait to go back to Niue at the end of the year and you've made so much more exciting for me to visit now. I can't wait to see Matapa again and my village Hakupu.

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  3. Hi Stevenson,

    Thanks for your great story.

    We posted this link on the Niue Island Facebook page and many people liked and commented on it.

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  4. Hi Stevenson this me flora and my friend and I went on your blog you blow me away you got heaps of picture and writing thank you send me you picture at the prize giving have a happy and awesome day


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  5. Hi Stevenson,

    Thank you for your story this will certainly encouraged some of our young people like your age to write a story of their experience the next time they visit Niue.

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  6. Hi Stevenson. Thank you for your story. Love reading it and looking at the uga you are holding. Were there any other crabs you saw in Niue?. I love to eat the uga head.

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  7. Hi,Steven..Keep on doing this... such a creative,good facts about life in Niue and you doing really well son...

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  8. I really enjoyed reading your stories and they have given me a big desire to visit your homeland now. It looks beautiful. If I ever get there I will definitely visit the Matapa Chasm for some snorkeling.

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