Even its pictorial stamps show views of the Cook Islands, some 670 miles away, rather than of Niue itself. Captain Cook’s likeness appears, too, but he never set foot on the little island. He sighted it but sailed away when confronted by hostile Niueans.
So, New Zealand overprints (beginning in 1902) and inscribed stamps issued together with the Cook Islands (beginning in 1920) comprise Niue’s classical era stamps.
As with other small nations, a vital part of Niue’s 21st century economy depends on collectors buying its postage stamps. Those featuring fish, butterflies and British royals have sold well. No Disney characters, yet.
A 2011 souvenir sheet commemorates Kate Middleton and Prince William's marriage. Controversy arose over the perforations between the two royals portending, it was supposed, a marital split. The couple is still plagued by divorce rumors.
Census: 40 in BB spaces, 12 on the supplement page.
The Capital is Alofi, and the population was 4,100 in 1936. Of interest, the population today (as pointed out by Bud in his Observations) is about 1,000, with 90% of Niueans living in New Zealand.
New Zealand annexed Niue in 1901, along with the Cook islands to the east.
Captain James Cook sighted the island in 1774, but was refused permission to land by the natives.
They had a native red banana (hulahula) painted on their teeth- which looked like blood to Captain Cook- so he named it "Savage Island".
I say "somewhat", because Niue and the Cook Islands were pretty much lumped together in reality stamp wise - as is evident by viewing Bud's Niue BB pages below.