Story: Niueans

A young Niuean at his hair-cutting ceremony

A young Niuean at his hair-cutting ceremony

Traditionally, Niuean boys do not cut their hair, which is lovingly cared for by sisters, mothers and aunts. When the boys become teenagers, a ceremony is held where women tend the hair for the last time before it is cut. Members of the extended family plaster the youth with banknotes – all part of a large informal Niuean economy that links families and ensures the community looks after its own.

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Carl Walrond, 'Niueans - Migration', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 July 2024)

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