Niue is an island nation located in the
South Pacific Ocean. It is commonly known as the "Rock of Polynesia". Natives of
the island call it "the Rock".
Though self governing, Niue
is in free association with New Zealand, and thus lacks full sovereignty.
Queen Elizabeth II is also Niue's head of state. Most diplomatic
relations are conducted by New Zealand on Niue's behalf.
Niue is 2,400
kilometres northeast of New Zealand in a triangle between Tonga,
Samoa, and the Cook Islands. The Niuean language and the English
language are taught in schools and both are used in day-to-day business
and communications. The people are predominantly Polynesian.