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Niue Facts
Niue is one of world's largest and highest coral islands.

Niue was formed over an inactive undersea volcano.

The highest point in Niue is near Mutalau settlement (68 m).

Niue belongs to an area in the Pacific known as Polynesia. (The islands of the Pacific are usually divided into three areas: Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia).

Polynesia, which means many islands, is a name covering over a thousand islands between Hawaii, New Zealand and Easter Island. The Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and Wallis and Futuna are also in this grouping.

It is thought that Polynesians arrived on the island of Niue over a thousand years ago.

Migrations to Niue took place from the Polynesian islands of Samoa and Tonga.

James Cook, the English captain, sighted Niue in 1774.

Captain Cook named Niue "Savage Island".

Christian missionaries from the London Missionary Society arrived in Niue in the first half of the nineteenth century.

Niue became part of the British Empire at the end of the nineteenth century.

New Zealand took over administration of Niue in 1901.

In 1974 Niue became self-governing in free association with New Zealand.

Niue is the smallest self-governing state in the world.

Niueans have New Zealand citizenship.

In recent years a number of people from Niue have moved to New Zealand.

Like Tuvalu (tv), Niue earns revenue from its internet domain letters (nu).

In 2004 Cyclone Heta damaged many buildings on Niue.

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