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.