Tiny Niue lies alone in the southern Pacific, a single island with formidable cliffs rising from the deep ocean. Far from the main shipping routes and with a daunting reputation, "Savage Island" did not naturally invite visitors. Yet Niue has a surprisingly rich history of contact, from the brief landings by James Cook in 1774 to the nineteenth-century visits by whalers, traders, and missionaries, and into the twentieth century when New Zealand extended its territory to include the Cook Islands and Niue. Until now, this story had not been told. Using a wide range of archival material from Niue, New Zealand, Australia, and Britain, Margaret Pointer places Niue center stage in an entertaining and thoroughly readable account of this island nation through to 1974, when Niue became self-governing. The visual record is as important as the written story, and many remarkable images are published here for the first time. Together, text and images unravel a fascinating and colorful Pacific story of Nukututaha, the island that stands alone.
University of Hawaii Press
200 Years of Contact and Change