Around March 2017, my uncle Hima started a news blog “Tala Niue” (meaning Niue News) on Google Blogger writing about the events that were happening in Niue, specifically about the election that was happening later in May that year.
I approached him about the possibility of the two of us working together, more specifically about me helping him in any way, whether it’s to serve his coffee, clean his boots or perform something more useful. After a few days of waiting, I heard from him, that he’s also keen. It was an opportunity I would never have dreamed of, it was always a privilege and fun, to work with my uncles doing fun things. Since he’s the main Chief/Editor/Reporter that would leave me to do everything else.
On 17 April 2017, we launched officially without any fanfare or huge celebrations. We also moved the Blog from Blogger and then added more and more things as we go. Later this year, we decided to rename “Tala Niue” to “Talaniue” and got the logo done.
Hima (or Mahi as he’s sometimes called) is the original founder of the Talaniue news blog. He graduated from a NZ university with an Accounting degree but chose a career in radio broadcasting instead. While still at University he took up flying and was only a few hours away from obtaining his Private Pilot’s Licence. Our late great grand mother Faina Ikimotu, used to tell us about the time Hima took her around in a small aircraft, over Papaparaumu and its surrounding areas.
Hima was also a politician for one term, Acting Secretary to Niue Government, worked for the SPC (South Pacific Commission, Suva) for 8 years, Director of the USP (University of the South Pacific) Niue branch, and have led the Broadcasting Corporation of Niue before retiring. The last position he held for Niue was as a Niue High Commissioner to NZ, Wellington, 2001 to 2004. He was also the co-founder of the Matavai Resort before it was sold.
Talaniue exists primarily to provide news about the small South Pacific Island of Niue; and from Niuean communities based overseas. From time to time we will also add our thoughts on topics that we consider important to you, our readers.
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