Kapi-Mana News : August 30th 2011
19 KAPI-MANA NEWS, AUGUST 30, 2011 TRAVEL 3932782AC MANA COLLEGE Serving all of Porirua for 50 years PHONE: 04 237 5424 Clear waters: Tasha Black explores the underwater world. Village fair: Watermelon and taro are some of the food available. FROM Page 18 Picture perfect: The Talava Arches frame the sparkling sea. Tony held my arms and legs tightly, rubbed pungent-smelling plant juice over my limbs and promised me it would keep away the mozzies. The stench was powerful. It wouldn t just keep away the mozzies. The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website says tourist numbers to Niue are not high as the attractions the island offers are different to the normal South Pacific experience . Niue has a mix of quirky char- acters. Locals, expats, returned Niueans who have lived abroad most of their lives and salty old sailors who stop by. There are only a few shops and half a dozen restaurants, includ- ing Indian. While I was not privy to the conversation, my partner chatted with the Indian owner about life in Niue, and asked why he set up a restaurant so far away from home. Because, the man replied, Indian girls are too fat. Tourists are getting wind of Niue. Last month Foreign Minis- ter Murray McCully announced New Zealand would invest $15 million in the island nation, with a population bobbing around 1300. More flights and more accom- modation were needed to meet the dramatic increase in arrivals. The rundown charm of the island makes it feel, even if only for a week, that somehow you are lost in the South Pacific. I only hope the Niue Tourism Office doesn t re-write their help- ful list of 100 must dos on the island. Included on the list is number 83: Be woken by Niue s early alarm -- crowing roosters . Number 85: Buy a Niuean fridge magnet also makes the cut. Pack your snorkel and your reef shoes. Just don t tell anyone where you re going.
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