The coconuts were planted. One is the niu pulu, the coconut grown especially for making the sennit rope that is used in constructing traditional buildings and making canoes. The other coconut is the niu tea, the medicinal coconut. Its juice, husk, leaves, and just about every other part are used as medicine for a variety of ailments as well as for drinking and as food. According to this tradition, the name of the island was changed to Niue to honour the arrival of these two special varieties of coconut and to remember the chief of Manu‘a, who gifted them.
2010. Haia ! An Introduction to Vagahau Niue. Teacher’s guide and support materials learning languages serie. Published for the Ministry of Education by CWA New Media, Box 19090, Wellington 6149, New Zealand. ISBN 978 0 478 34123 2. 385 p.