Hiapo: acquired by Augustus Hamilton.  Te Papa, Wellington.

Hiapo: acquired by Augustus Hamilton. Te Papa, Wellington.

Matapa, Niue.  Wonderful island, Wonderful people.matapa is nature made swimming pool...only in Niue....

Matapa, Niue. Wonderful island, Wonderful people.matapa is nature made swimming pool...only in Niue....

219. Hiapo (tapa). Niue. c. 1850–1900 C.E. Tapa or bark cloth, freehand painting. (Image set)

219. Hiapo (tapa). Niue. c. 1850–1900 C.E. Tapa or bark cloth, freehand painting. (Image set)

Hiapo: Past and Present in Niuean Barkcloth by Nicholas Thomas. Tapa, or barkcloth, is called 'hiapo' in the language of Niue Island in central Polynesia. The painted hiapo of Niue is a remarkable art that until now has been obscure to all but a few specialists. Hiapo have distinct cultural patterns.

Hiapo: Past and Present in Niuean Barkcloth by Nicholas Thomas. Tapa, or barkcloth, is called 'hiapo' in the language of Niue Island in central Polynesia. The painted hiapo of Niue is a remarkable art that until now has been obscure to all but a few specialists. Hiapo have distinct cultural patterns.

Niue's famous yellow shells (hihi ago) made into such beautiful necklaces. (photo by T.Mokoia)

Niue's famous yellow shells (hihi ago) made into such beautiful necklaces. (photo by T.Mokoia)

Twitter / CookieStephen: In niue you can swim with the whales following set rules..

Twitter / CookieStephen: In niue you can swim with the whales following set rules..

Niue stable food - taro as known throughout the Pacific

Niue stable food - taro as known throughout the Pacific

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