Story: Niueans

New Zealand governor Lord Ranfurly visits Niue, 1900

New Zealand governor Lord Ranfurly visits Niue, 1900

New Zealand and Britain were uneasy about overseas powers jockeying for possession of Pacific territories, and during a visit in October 1900 Lord Ranfurly annexed Niue and the Cook Islands on behalf of the British Crown. The following year Britain gifted both to New Zealand. This image from Lord Ranfurly’s photographic album shows Niueans awaiting the decision of their ariki (tribal leaders) on British annexation. In 1974 Niue became self-governing in free association with New Zealand – an arrangement that provided Niueans with citizenship, but also allowed for independence at some later date.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Ranfurly Collection (PAColl-5745)
Reference: PA1-q-633-35-1
Photograph by Malcolm Ross

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Carl Walrond, 'Niueans - Migration', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 June 2024)

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