Tend the taro

Dan Makaia tends his family taro patch. For many years, taro was the chief export of the island, and Niue’s taro was prized across the Pacific.

Produced by New Zealand Geographic

But the value of the crop crashed at the turn of the century, and as many Niueans emigrated, there were few labourers on the island available to support export-scale agriculture.

Instead, tourism has replaced taro as the main industry.

 

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