Niuean is a Polynesian language spoken by about 8,000 people, the majority of whom live in New Zealand. There are also Niuean speakers in Niue, where almost the entire population of about 2,000 speak the language, the Cook Islands and Tonga. The closest relative of Niuean is Tongan, while Maori, Samoan, and Hawaiian are also quite close.
Niuean was first write by Christian missionaries in the mid 19th century using a spelling system influenced by Samoan.
Pa pa teliga e, tuku teliga e
Pa pa teliga e, tuku teliga ko
Foaki mai a kala pule
Ke oage e tau fanau
Ke kai e tau futi momoho
Neke oti he mokulu ki tahi
Ko pule, ko pule
Taga niu e
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