Learn a little about the South Pacific island of Niue, and enjoy our flag printables - the Niue flag is full of sunshine!
Alofi Bay, on the island of Niue
Some interesting facts about Niue...
- Niue is an island in the South Pacific Ocean with a population of around 1,400 people, mostly Polynesian. It has very strong ties to New Zealand, which represents Niue diplomatically. Niueans are citzens of New Zealand, and the Queen is head of state.
- James Cook was the first European to sight Niue in 1774 and he tried to land there three times, but each time was refused permission to land by the inhabitants who appeared very fierce! He named the island "Savage Island" and it was known by that name for two hundred years.
- Niue became a British protectorate in 1900 and was annexed by New Zealand a year later, in 1901. In 1974 the island became a self-governing state.
- Agriculture is important to the island, and vanilla is one of the main exports.
- In 2003, Niue became the first country to offer free wi-fi to all its inhabitants!
About the Niue Flag
The Niue flag is very unusual in two ways. Firstly, most flags which include the Union flag have a blue background, not yellow! And secondly, it is very unusual to alter the Union flag element. The lovely bright yellow colour is said to represent sunshine and to symbolise the warmth that Niue feels towards New Zealand.
Our Niue Resources
Print out our Niue bookmarks - some to be coloured in, some ready to go as is! You can write messages on the blank ones, or draw designs...
Colour in the flag of Niue and let some sunshine into your life! I hope you have a suitable bright yellow pen or pencil!
Here's a printable jigsaw featuring the Niue flag. Just follow the instructions here and you will have an activity that can be adapted for all ages and repeated over again.