Story: Niueans

Cyclone Heta, 2004

Cyclone Heta, 2004

Niue has such a small population that retaining a critical mass of people is vital for the continued survival of the community. Its population was just beginning to show signs of stabilisation with the establishment of a small tourism industry and vanilla farming when Cyclone Heta’s massive waves and high winds hit in January 2004. They destroyed much of the island's infrastructure and killed a mother and her baby son.

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Reference: 9 January 2004
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Carl Walrond, 'Niueans - Migration', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 September 2023)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015