Deze module is bedoeld voor 4 havo leerlingen. De studielast bedraagt circa 330 minuten. Het doel is om leerlingen meer inzicht te laten krijgen in hun leeswijze en hun leestempo. De totale hoeveelheid tekst die de leerlingen moeten doornemen is ongeveer 10.000 woorden. Een deel moet precies, een deel kan globaal worden gelezen. De teksten zijn gevarieerd. Er zijn 11 kortere nieuwsteksten – circa 100 woorden ), 1 langere tekst over fietsen tijdens een vakantie in Israel ( circa 800 woorden) en tot slot de brochuretekst van een onbekend vakantieeilandje in de Stille Zuidzee (4.260 woorden)
Onder de teksten staat steeds het totaal aantal woorden vermeld. De leerling zal ook zelf enkele leesteksten moeten zoeken in media zoals tijdschriften, kranten of internet. Er is mogelijkheid tot samenwerking. De opdrachten zijn hoofdzakelijk voor schriftelijke verwerking. Succes Hans de Zwart, docent Engels, CLV Veenendaal
Inleiding Het Lezen van Teksten in 4 HAVO (Totale projecttijd circa 330 minuten)
Songteksten lees je op een andere manier dan strips. Examenteksten lees je anders dan advertenties. Officiële documenten anders dan een verhaal. Nederlandse teksten lees je anders dan Franse. Teksten in jeugdbladen lees je anders dan boekrecensies in het NRC. Internet pagina’s lees je anders dan de gebruiksinstructies voor een cd-speler.
Elk soort tekst vraagt een bepaalde benadering. Soms moet je erg precies zijn, een andere keer is even vluchtig doornemen al genoeg. Het hangt er vanaf wat je wilt.
Een probleem bij teksten in vreemde talen is dat we woorden niet kennen. Soms zelfs veel woorden. Om toch te snappen wat er staat, ga je compenseren. Je combineert zaken die je weet en je trekt je conclusie. Hoe meer woorden je kent hoe makkelijker dat gaat.
Een voorbeeld: Their fox-terrier wasn’t auburn, I’m sure they called her chestnut. Although I must admit that I myself would simply refer to it as brown.
Door de laatste zin kun je de betekenis van de schuingedrukte woorden beter raden. Het zijn namelijk ...
Nog een voorbeeld: Essendale was certainly not my choice. I would have been more careful, quite contrary to the other members of the family. My approach would no doubt have implied a thorough investigation into the background of the chap before hiring him.
Essendale is weliswaar gekozen… maar kan van alles zijn. Uiteindelijk blijkt…
In Nederlandse teksten komt dit probleem ook voor, vooral in moeilijke teksten. Bijvoorbeeld: De archaïsche structuur van veel overkoepelende organisaties in Noord Korea is eveneens een ernstige belemmering voor de door de oppositie gewenste sociaal-economische veranderingen.
Het klinkt allemaal niet erg positief…, maar wat is nou de oorzaak van de belemmering? Wat is deoppositie? Wat is sociaal-economisch? Wat is een archaïsche structuur? Er valt voor velen nog heel wat te leren…
In de komende lessen krijg je diverse Engelstalige teksten te lezen. Voor je een tekst gaat lezen moet je kunnen inschatten waarover hij gaat, waarvoor hij bedoeld is en hoe lang je er ongeveer mee bezig bent. Aan de hand hiervan ga je je eigen leesstrategie bepalen.
Bekijk de opdrachten en voer ze uit.
Aspecten rondom het lezen en/of bestuderen van teksten:
Opdrachten bij het lezen van de Engelse leesteksten
OPDRACHT A: Voer binnen 50 minuten de volgende opdrachten bij de artikelenserie Newspickingsuit.
a. Rangschik de 11 artikelen naar type. Bijvoorbeeld: 3, 5, 7 - sport; 2, 8, 9 gezondheid enz.
b. Lees globaal de twee teksten die jouw het meest aantrekkelijk leken. Controleer je leestijd.
c. Noteer hoeveel woorden je per minuut leest. (leestempo)
d. Geef kort aan waar beide artikelen over gaan.
e. Maak een rangschikking naar moelijkheidsgraad van de teksten.
(tijd circa 50 min.)
OPDRACHT B: Je moet 2 Engelse teksten lezen van circa 800 woorden elk (noteer je leestempo) Je mag hiervoor de tekst “The lowest biketrail on earth ” gebruiken. De andere tekst moet je dan zelf zoeken.
Noteer kernwoorden of markeer de tekst. Van iedere tekst maak je een korte samenvatting
van ongeveer 80 woorden ( = 10%).
( tijd circa 50 min. )
OPDRACHT C: Daarnaast zoek je uit diverse media twee langere teksten elk van circa 3 pagina's ( + 2.150 woorden elk ). In de schoolbibliotheek vind je exemplaren van: Newsweek & National Geographic; maar je kunt ook een Engelstalig dagblad, pagina’s van Internet of een tijdschrift kiezen, over je hobby, bijvoorbeeld.
Werk met kernwoorden of - bij kopieën - met markeringen. Je noteert bovendien de volgende zaken:
a. Je leestempo ( bijvoorbeeld: 2200 woorden in 20 minuten = 110 woorden per minuut )
b. De titel, het thema en de bron van de tekst (bijvoorbeeld: A one man’s victory - de
ervaringen van een solozeiler die erin slaagt om rond de wereld te zeilen, uit: The Daily
Telegraph - 14 januari 1998)
c. Je beschrijft de inhoud van de teksten in ongeveer 200 woorden per tekst.
( tijd circa 100 min.)
OPDRACHT D: Voer de opdrachten uit bij de informatieve tekst Niue Pacific Island
(tijd crica 100 min.)
OPDRACHT E: Je vat kort samen wat je vindt van jouw capaciteiten ten aanzien van het lezen van Engelse teksten. Zeg iets over je leestempo, jouw niveau in verhouding tot de moeilijkheidsgraad van teksten en jouw ideeën om je te verbeteren. (tijd circa 10 min.)
(Totale tijd circa 330 minuten)
articles from various newsmedia for improvement of reading skills
(compliments to www.CNN.com & Jerusalem Post)
1A Chance of human-to-human bird flu
Hong Kong - Results from a new study "leave open" the possibility that the mysterious Hong Kong bird flu virus can be transmitted from human to human, health officials said Saturday. In the study, doctors discovered antibodies to the virus in the blood of nine people who never became seriously ill. The presence of anti-bodies means a person has been exposed to the virus, and has developed resistance. The virus until recently had only affected poultry. Four of those with anti-bodies had not handled poultry.
The authorities have decided to take all the necessary steps to stop the disease from spreading to other areas. Export of poultry is of now completely forbidden.
2A Bad weather could wreak havoc for holiday travelers.
Washington - Cold temperatures gripped much of the nation over-night, and meteorologists urged holiday travelers to use extreme caution during Sunday travel. Snow fell in the Appalachians from the Tennessee Valley to New England. Snow showers were also reported across the Pacific Northwest. Meteorologists predicted snow storms would stretch from Arkansas to Wiscon-sin by Sunday afternoon. The strong storm is expec-ted to reach the eastern United States on Monday.
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Queen's castle reopens after devastating fire
Oxford - Windsor Castle, one of the favourite haunts of Britain's royal family, reopened to the public Saturday after a $62 million restoration to repair damage from a fire five years ago. On Nov. 20, 1992, a spotlight set fire to a curtain -- causing a blaze that destroyed more than 100 rooms in the ancient castle, located west of London. Proceeds from opening Buckingham Palace to the public helped fund the repairs.
(77 words) 4A Hong Kong slaughters
poultry to contain 'bird flu'
Beijing - Hong Kong began the mass slaughter of more than 1 million chickens and other poultry Monday in an effort to eradicate the mysterious bird flu that has killed four people in the territory.
Vendors slit the throats of chickens,and government teams gassed flocks on farms. The dead birds were then placed in plastic garbage bags with cupfuls of lime and sealed in dumpsters for transportation to government-run landfills. Uncounted ducks, geese, quails and other edible birds also were being killed. (89 words) 5A Kenyan illness identified
Mombassa - Kenyan medical officials have identified a disease that has killed at least 143 people as malaria, but are unsure of the strain. The U.N. World Health Organization, top Kenyan medical officials and aid agencies say the strain appeared in the region about three months ago, and may have been spread by recent heavy flooding. Health officials have been confused by the symptoms -- severe diarrhea and vomiting --causing some to initially fear the disease was caused by the deadly Ebola virus.
( 87 words)
Bulls beat the Heat; Jazz edge Rockets New York - Michael Jordan had 24 points and Toni Kukoc scored six of his 19 in the fourth quarter as the Chicago Bulls beat the Miami Heat 90-80 at home. The Bulls have won 10 of their last 12 games and now trail the Atlanta Hawks by one game in the Central Division.
At Utah, guard John Stockton led the Jazz in a late fourth quarter rally to beat the Houston Rockets, 107-103. Karl Malon also had 20 points and 10 rebounds in coach Jerry Sloan's 500th win with the Jazz. (97 words)
7A Burger King boasts millions served on 'FryDay' Santa Monica - Burger King says it dished out more than 15 million orders of its new french fries for free Friday. The fast-food chain claims its new fries are tastier, crispier and stay hot longer than McDonald's. Burger King held its "Free FryDay" 7,600 restaurants in the U.S. and Canada. Some gave away 500 small orders per hour. The chain normally sells six million orders a day.
A spokeswoman for McDonald's says their fries are the "gold standard."
8A "Titanic" floats atop
weekend box office
Hollywood- The $200 million mega-movie "Titanic" sailed full steam ahead into movie theaters over the weekend, opening at the top of the box office with an estimated $27.6 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates. The film just edged out the James Bond adventure, "Tomorrow Never Dies," which took an estimated $26 million during one of the busiest movie-going weekends of the year. Last weekend's top thrill, "Scream 2" fell to third place.
9A California Supreme Court takes up Scout case
Los Angeles - A lawyer for the Boy Scouts of America argued Monday that atheists and homo-sexuals do not belong in an organization that teaches promoting a duty to God and con-servative sexual morality. The Boy Scouts are before the California Supreme Court fighting two discrimination suits filed by twin boys who were thrown out be-cause they do not believe in God, and a man who was expelled because he is gay. At issue is whether the Boy Scouts should be treated as a busi-ness or private club.
10A Study: Breast milk can make kids smarter
Oxford - A new study indicates that children who were breastfed as babies, rather than formula-fed, perform better in school and on standardized tests. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that an omega 3 fatty acid, naturally occurring in breast milk but not in formula, promotes lasting brain development.
"It is concluded that breast-feeding is asso-ciated with small but detectable increases in child cognitive ability and educational achievement," said the report.
Critics say that the researchers should also have taken social aspects into account. Low-educated women are more likely to breastfeed their kids bevause they cannot afford the formula.
11A Cattlemen sue Oprah over
mad cow disease comment
Dallas - A group a Texas cattle ranchers has filed suit against TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey, saying comments she made on her show cost them millions of dollars.
Pretrial hearings begin Tuesday in a lawsuit alleging that Winfrey defamed an entire industry when mad cow disease was made fodder for her talk show. "I maintain my right to ask questions and to hold a public debate on issues that impact the general public and my audience," Winfrey said in a statement shortly after the show aired in 1996.
The lowest bike trail on earth
by TRACY FISKE
Jerusalem - Nahal Pratzim is a biker's dream trail: the surface is easy to ride on, the surrounding mountains provide spectacular scenery, and utter quiet reigns. Best of all, it's downhill all the way.
People buy mountain bikes because they embody a sense of freedom. Unlike street bikes, they are pecially built to jump rocks and branches, eat dirt, and whisk you over the steepest and toughest terrain. But too often, urban "mountain bikers" don't manage to escape the confines of cement, asphalt and steel. The trail remains an unfulfilled dream, infinitely postponed till tomorrow.
My advice is to follow the wisdom of the Nike marketing slogan and "just do it." Get out of the city, and quick, before the really rainy weather settles in.
Myself, I've just taken my first overnight off-road excursion since purchasing my mountain bike two and a half years ago - an exceedingly beautiful ride through the arid, moon-like landscape of the Dead Sea. And it was easy - for the most part.
There is a seemingly limitless number of trails in the Judean Desert suitable for biking. While you can ride the scenic, virtually pedal-free descent down to the Dead Sea from Jerusalem on the main road or on smaller dirt trails, factor in the political climate as you will be going through the Palestinian territories.
Because we were planning to tour the more distant southerly part of the region, we chose to view the sandy, barren mountains and scattered Beduin villages along the way through the windows of an Egged bus.
You can store bicycles in the luggage compartment of the bus, but there is an additional charge equal to half the regular fare.
We arrived at Ein Bokek - that midway Bamba break between Jerusalem and Eilat - at about 4
p.m. We took the road south along the sea which was relatively level and smooth. We passed a lake just off the road and watched the sun begin to set.
With the evening upon us, we tried desperately to reach the closest designated sleeping station which was another 6 km. off the road, but we arrived at the turnoff just as the last vestiges of daytime were melting into darkness.
Luckily, we saw on our map that there was another sleeping station perched just beyond the road.
A huge metal sculpture entitled "The State of Man" loomed over the site, put up by none other than The Dead Sea Works.
Our little private alcove afforded us views of a factory complex so vast, so lit up and full of smoking chimneys, that this Jersey girl felt right at home in the stark Israeli wilderness. (If you aren't pressed for time, there are many beautiful spots in the area, designated for sleeping by the Nature Reserves Authority that are more remote.)
We got up the following morning at 6, packed our bikes and set out for the desert. The ascent to the spectacular Flour Cave was probably the most difficult part of our trip, but well worth the effort.
We rode all the way to the entrance of the caves on the chalky, spongy Nahal Pratzim trail. Thousands of years of water erosion into the mountain of salt and marl rock has produced this huge cave. Pale walls of rock etched with elaborate designs flank you on both sides. The short journey through the pitch-black cave is spooky and fun (we left our bikes at the entrance).
Apparently the cave served as the venue for a gathering of the Rainbow Tribe.
Nahal Pratzim is a biker's dream trail: the soft surface is easy to ride on, the surrounding mountains provide spectacular scenery, and utter quiet reigns. Best of all, it's downhill all the way for an hour.
At the end of the river valley, you're about 6 km. from Ein Bokek along the main road. Ein Bokek, besides referring to the area crowded with hotels and spas, is a spring, similar to Nahal David at Ein Gedi, but quieter and less visited. You can ride up the creek through the lush reserve for about 10 minutes, at which time it's better to throw the bikes into a bush and explore the area on foot. Ibexes abound and the waterfalls and pools are perfect for bathing.
Somehow the beauty of the landscape is intensified when you pedal through it on your bicycle. The sea is more sparkling, the mountains more towering, the wildlife a bit friendlier. Call it the rewards of a hard-won effort.
So, don't be just another urban yuppie. Unlock that pricey mountain bike from the telephone pole outside your apartment, jump on the saddle and head south.
(total: 800 words)
Opgaven bij de tekst ‘Niue Pacific Island’
A. Globaal lezen. Na vluchtig lezen moet je binnen 20 minuten de volgende vragen in het Nederlands kunnen beantwoorden.
Waar ligt Niue?
Welke taal spreken ze?
Wat zijn de middelen van bestaan?
Wanneer kun je er het best naartoe gaan?
Hoe kun je je het best verplaatsen op Niue?
Noem eens drie voor toeristen interessante Niuaanse tradities?
Hoe duur kost daar een vakantieverblijf van een week voor twee personen ongeveer?
een dure vakantie week kost ongeveer:
een goedkope vakantieweek kost ongeveer:
Welke drie dingen zou je in ieder geval willen doen als je een er een vakantie zou doorbrengen?
Jouw vriend wil daar tijdens die vakantieweek gaan duiken. Wat adviseer je hem?
B. Meer gedetailleerd lezen Voer de volgende SCHRIFTELIJKE opdrachten in het Nederlands uit.
I. Waar zou je op Niue het liefst logeren en waarom?
II. Schrijf een stuk tekst waaruit moet blijken dat je de Engelse tekst gelezen en voldoende begrepen hebt.
Kies daartoe één opdracht uit de volgende vier: 1. Schrijf een wervend stukje over Niue in een clubblad / personeelsblad. Beschrijf in circa 750 woorden de belangrijkste elementen . Als extra voor de redaktie lever je illustratiemateriaal bij het stukje. (Er is ruimte voor twee à drie afbeeldingen)
2. Je bent veertien dagen naar Niue geweest. Vertel in 750 woorden je ervaringen, waarin duidelijk de sfeer van Niue te proeven is. Je noemt daarbij minstens vier elementen uit de brochure. Eveneens beschrijf je in twee à drie zinnen je terugreis. Lever illustratiemateriaal bij.
3. Je schrijft een brief van 750 woorden naar Alfele and Pati Paea van het Huvalu Forest Camp. Je bedankt ze voor de goede zorgen en je haalt een minstens 4 typerende herinneringen op van je verblijf aldaar. Vooral je ervaringen met de watersport komen daarbij aan bod. Lever illustratiemateriaal bij.
4. Schrijf een brief naar ERNIE & HINE WELSH, Tuaki Fishing Charters, P.O. Box 137, Alofi, Niue Island. Je legt uit dat je met een schoolproject bezig bent en dat je een artikel over Niue hebt gelezen waarin kort geschreven werd over hun werk. Je schrijft kort over enkele aspecten uit het artikel en je vraagt of zij je iets meer kunnen vertellen over hun dagelijks bestaan. Je stelt daarbij enkele gerichte vragen. Je sluit op passende wijze af .
LAAT JOUW WERK ALTIJD EERST KRITISCH DOOR IEMAND LEZEN VOOR JE HET BIJ JE DOCENT INLEVERT. Mondeling
5. Bereid een spreekbeurt voor over Niue. Noteer een aantal kernwoorden of korte zinnen waaraan je je bespreking “ophangt”. Dit spiekbriefje mag je voor je hebben tijdens het spreken. Je mag illustratiemateriaal gebruiken. Niue Pacific Island
The Country Niue is affectionately known as 'the rock' and is reputedly the largest upraised coral atoll in the world. A single land mass in the center of a triangle of Polynesian islands, made up of Tonga, Western Samoa and the Cook Islands, Niue is located 2400 km north-east of New Zealand, on the eastern side of the International dateline and is 11 hours behind Greenwich Meantime. The island isolation and coral makeup create an exciting rugged coastline and reef which provides intimate swimming coves as opposed to the typical long stretches of sandy beaches so predominant elsewhere in Polynesia.
The landmass of Niue is 259 sq. Km, and 13 villages are found along Niue’s 67-km circle island road. The whole island is two tiered but is dotted with a myriad of caves that have yet to be discovered. Shaped like a saucer and rising only 65 meters above sea level, Niue is without streams or rivers, and therefore after rain the water filters through the porous coral out into the ocean completely devoid of any silt run-off. This allows the surrounding sea to be crystal clear with dive visibility often up to 70 meters.
The flora and fauna are spectacular with butterflies everywhere, and an abundance of bougainvillaea, frangipani, hibiscus and orchids. A variety of ferns and profusion of “crows nest” grow amongst wild rhododendron and poinsettia. There is a rich bird life with weka, swamp kens, parakeets and white tailed terns.
Polynesian legends tell of the first settlement by Huanaki and Fao, together with the Fire Gods from Fonuagalo (Hidden Land). 2000 years ago Polynesian settlers voyaging by vakas (canoes) came from Tonga, Samoa and Pukapuka Island in the Cook Island Group and their name for Niue was (Motusefua) as an island on its own.
The English navigator, James Cook, sighted in Niue in 1774 but was refused landing three times by Niuean warriors. Cook departed, but charted Niue and named it, Savage Island.
Missionaries from the LMS (London Missionary Society) established Christianity in 1846. In 1900 Niue chiefs were granted protection from the British Crown and in the following year it was annexed by New Zealand. Niueans now manage their own affairs with New Zealand’s assistance on defence and international matters.
THE PEOPLE, LANGUAGE and GOVERNMENT
The people of Niue are Polynesian. They are bilingual, speaking both Niuean and English and enjoy an independent lifestyle. The people of Niue enjoy dual citizenship. In 1974 Niue gained independence in free association with New Zealand and government to this day has followed a Westminster-style rule with a 20 member Assembly from which the Premier is selected, followed by the selection by the Premier of 3 other members for Cabinet posts.
With a population of only 2000, Niue remains very safe and very clean. When you visit Niue you will be made to feel very welcome – not just as a tourist but as a friend. Niuean’s enjoy a modern lifestyle, but traditional methods of subsistence farming of plantations, land hunting and fishing are still used. A sound government infrastructure along with the latest services such as television and radio, direct telephone dialling, restaurants, hotels, resorts and twice weekly international flights, ensures that Niue is a great place for a holiday as a developing international country.
We take pride in our many traditions and culture that have been handed down from generation to generation as a “living entity”. Many are still being observed today such as our “kaloama season” where seasonal ‘sardine like’ fish visit our shores. When the Kaloama run, some reef areas are closed from public swimming but there are still numerous other swimming pools and coves that can be used during that short period. You need only ask for guidance from locals or at the Niue Information and Booking Centre.
HUANAKI CULTURAL CENTRE is the National Museum and open theatre where cultural items and dance performances are staged throughout the year. The Museum houses and displays many genuine artefacts that will take you on a tour “back to the past”.
HAIRCUTTING AND EAR PIERCING CEREMONIES A major event for a teenage boy is his haircutting ceremony, when the long tail of hair that he has kept since childhood is removed. Guests invited to the concurrent feast each contribute hundreds of dollars to a fund that goes to the boy after the celebration costs are paid. For girls there is a similar ear piercing ceremony. These gatherings are usually held on a Saturday in private homes. Families welcome visitors to these occasions when permission is asked beforehand. It is an opportunity to see and witness a local tradition and share in that experience with the host family.
Niuean women are renown for their quality handcrafts and there are several boutique outlets around the island. They make excellent souvenir and gifts.
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Constitution Celebrations mark the anniversary of independence, and is the main festival time of the year. Lasting for three to five days around the 19th October, it is a colourful time with traditional dancing, singing, parades and sports. Peniamina Day falls on the Monday during the Constitution Celebrations and marks the occasion of the landing of Peniamina on Niue and the birth of Christianity on the Island. If you visit Niue in January, the first part of the month is dedicated to Prayer week. Also during that week is the annual “Takai” meaning “going around”. Each village organises a mass ‘drive by’ – a social event, not a race and a lot of fun to be part of. Throughout the year, each village holds a show day, which are a great venue to view and buy beautiful handicraft as well as traditional food. Dancing and sports events also make up art of the day.
Sunday OBSERVANCES / RELIGION
Religion plays an important role in the life of Niue. Sunday is a quiet day and some activities such as boating and fishing are not allowed. Visitors are welcome to attend church services. The Ekalesia Niue (Protestant) is the main religious denomination located at all Villages and Roman Catholic, Latter Day Saints, Seventh Day Adventists, Bahai, Jehovah’s Witnesses are also present on the island. Sunday on Niue is usually a quiet day of rest and church attending. Whilst there is no law prohibiting swimming or sightseeing activities, visitors are asked to be discreet in their choice of activities.
Popular places for meals include the licensed restaurants at Matavai Resort, Niue Hotel and Sails. All hold regular barbecue nights, as well as special events and dances at various times. Ciao’s Restaurant in Alofi offers a taste of Italy, while Tapeau Fisheries have a wonderful range of local seafood delights including Ota (raw fish marinated in coconut milk and lime juice). Island Style is a night club/restaurant, which specialises in Niuean fare, and Niue Information and Booking Centre for upcoming events. The Hakupu FiaFia night is held weekly, and is a ‘must do’ in your itinerary. A selection of delicious Niuean cooked ‘umu’ style is a gastronomic feast, and the welcome by the Hakupu women and children is something you will not forget. Around town, you can get a light meal from Tavana’s Cafe, Take’s Cafe, Huanaki Snack Bar, and Gabes Takeaways. You can also get ‘fast food’ from Rex’s or from Niue Trading.
Niueans love music and you will usually find there is a modern dance held every Friday and Saturday night. Popular venues include the Niue Sports Club, Niue Hotel, Island Styles, the Pacific Way Bar, and the Liku Country Club. A new sports bar opens in early 1997. The Tagavaka Club and Clayton’s Bar will have pool tables and dartboards. Visitors are always welcome at any of these venues. Market days are every Wednesday and Friday where local produce is sold. A wide variety of fruit and vegetables in season are available, and the market is the best place to buy them.
NIUE … THE SHOPPING
The main shopping centre is central Alofi. This is also where the Telecommunication Office, Post Office, Philatelic Bureau, Westpac Bank and the Niue Information and Booking Centre are located. There are also smaller shops selling clothing, souvenirs, handcrafts and gifts. K-Mart, Jessops, Niue Trading and Rex and Sons are small supermarkets in various locations in Alofi, where you will find all provisions. Shops in general are open between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm weekdays, and 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Saturday afternoons. Most villages have a small shop with general supplies, which are open daily.
Niue does not have a bus service, but there are a number of rental companies who hire out push bikes, scooters, motor bikes, cars and vans to suit your requirements. Alofi Rentals, Budget, Ama’s, Paradise, and Niue/Rentals all offer a seven day a week service, and very competitive rates. Many visitors choose to bicycle for the duration of their holiday, and a ride around the island always make a good day's outing. Accommodation in the Alofi area means an easy walk to shops and some restaurants, plus a choice of swimming areas. Many of the outer Island accommodation offer daily trips to Alofi. Mitaki’s Taxi Service is available 7 days a week.
Niue has expansive array of spectacular “untouched” natural sites, historical places, culture and traditional village lifestyle, just waiting to be explored. The choice of activities that you undertake when you arrive on “Rock” is only limited by your own choice. There are many activities that your will be able to undertake on your own, but there are also a number of local tour and rental operators who will enjoy meeting and guiding you. When you arrive on Niue, your first call should be to the Niue Information & Booking Centre in Alofi who specifically advise and book tours according to your taste and requirements and will help you to make the most of your holiday on Niue.
Niue is a tropical Island - warm during the day and cooler at night. Average temperatures range from between 19 and 30 degrees Celsius. The cooler months are June to August.
New Zealand currency is used on Niue. Local commemorative coins are available.
Visitors may bring in one bottle of spirits, one bottle of wine, 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars.
In Polynesian myth, Niue came from the sea by Maui. It is thought that Niue was originally populated some 2000 years ago by Polynesian voyagers from Samoa, Tonga and the Cook Islands. In 1774 Captain James Cook sighted Niue and named it as Savage Island as he was beaten back by attacks from the local population. In 1900 Niue was granted protection from the British Crown and in the following year it was annexed by New Zealand. Niueans now manage their own affairs with New Zealand's assistance on defence and international matters.
NZ$ 20 per adult. Children under 5 are exempt. This tax is payable locally.
No entry permits for visitors staying up to 30 days. An onward ticket and valid passport (valid for a minimum of 6 months after departure from Niue). You will also require to provide information regarding place of stay on Niue. The 30 days can be extended on application to the Immigration Office in Niue.
There are no bus services on Niue. Rental bicycles, cars and mopeds are available. There are also many tours operated by local companies.
Niue has a public hospital that handles routine medical matters.
24-Hour telecommunications are available from the Telecommunications Department in Alofi, as well as from major hotels on the island.
DINING and RESTAURANTS
There are several fine restaurants on the island.
Electricity is 240 volts AC. 50 cycles
There are may attractions on Niue. Some of the tours you can take are as follows:
VAIKONA: A remarkable chasm with access through a cave.
VAITOI: Another chasm with a fresh water pool.
TALAVA ARCHES: Low tide access to this large cavern with stalactites and stalagmites.
LAND TOURS: Car and Motor Scooter Rentals
There are many other tours to caves, rain forests and swimming holes, as well as blow holes on stormy days. Deep sea fishing and scuba diving are available. Travel to Niue. Niue Island has direct flights from Tonga once weekly on Royal Tongan Airlines. Connections are available to Tonga from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and North America. Airfares to Niue
Excursion airfare from Sydney A$ 1310 (low season) Excursion airfare from Sydney A$ 1505 (high season)
Air/Land Packages also available from Sydney. (465 words)
Where to stay on Niue MATAVAI RESORT
This magnificent Resort located on a cliff op, with a breathtaking view of the blue Pacific is only 10 minutes from all major facilities and services on Niue. 24 bright cool studio rooms including 2 Executive Suites, all enjoying a view of the ocean. All rooms have private facilities, furnished balcony, ceiling fans, refrigerator, tea and coffee making facilities, ISDN phone, colour TV with in-house movies, room service and more. We have two freshwater swimming pools, and a well-stocked boutique gift shop, bar, tour desk, indoor-outdoor dining with delicious buffet or local fish specialities, grills and pizza.
Set on cliff top grounds with incredible view of the ocean. The Hotel has a swimming pool, gift shop, tour desk, and licensed bar, comfortable lounge, restaurant and dance floor. Twenty rooms are poolside. Twelve rooms look out across the Pacific. Every room has tea and coffee making facilities and is equipped with ceiling fans, refrigerator, and radio. The hotel restaurant features excellent meals with New Zealand and local dishes and superb barbecue every Sunday.
Only recently opened, Namukulu is just ten minutes drive from Alofi, and situated in idyllic private surroundings for pure tropical relaxation. Three separate fales that are fully self contained with magnificent sea and reef views. Each fale sleeps four people and have modern appliances, which include colour TV ceiling fan, plus insect screens. A short stroll takes you onto the reef for superb snorkelling or swimming at one of Niue's favourite natural pools, Limu. Try a bike ride on our free ten speed bikes along the coastal roads. Relax on your fale veranda with a cold drink purchased from our licensed premises and enjoy a spectacular sunset.
CORAL GARDENS RESORT AND SAILS RESTAURANT
Hosts: Salome and Stafford Guest
Five beautifully appointed self contained studios set in a lush tropical coral garden with its own cliff top Sails Restaurant and Bar. With sweeping sea views and sunsets, whales are frequently sighted during the season. Coral Gardens is situated only minutes away from Alofi town and is in close proximity to popular reef swimming pools.
WAIMANU GUEST HOUSE
Waimanu Guesthouse is perched high on a cliff top with superb sunset and ocean views. Conveniently located in Alofi South, the complex offers a range of budget accommodation, just a walk away from the Amanau sea track and coral reef swimming pool. A spacious and comfortable property with hot and cold water available. Rooms have stand up fans and mosquito netting protection. Shared kitchen and bathroom facilities with laundry service optional and it has its own in-house Bar. For a convenient an relaxed holiday, you will enjoy the comfort of Waimanu. Great for group bookings.
PELENIS GUEST HOUSE
Host: Brenda Cottingham
This property is situated right in the heart of Alofi, close to all shops and all public services. "The Personal Touch" Pelenis is a former family home and still retains that "family" atmosphere. Three bedrooms all sharing cooking, bathroom and lounge facilities. Complimentary fruit is provided when available, tea and coffee also complimentary. If you like guesthouses, then you will love Pelenis.
Hosts: Moka and Loma Mitihepi
Anaiki Motel is nestled next to the famous "Avaiki Caves". With rooms facing the Pacific Ocean, Anaiki's five self-contained units have solar hot water, stand alone portable fans and a radio with alarm clock. Complimentary breakfast is included daily. Laundry facilities are provided on site an Anaiki is in close proximity to a licensed Bar & Restaurant and swimming areas.
Situated in Alofi and very central to shops, offices and reef swimming pools, Kololi's is a superbly appointed guesthouse, with all the comforts of home. A modern fully equipped kitchen and barbecue is available for your use, or all meals can be provided with local cuisine provided. Offering one bedroom suite with adjoining lounge and ensuite, one double bedroom and three twin rooms with shared bathroom facilities; this guesthouse is the perfect accommodation for families.
ESTHERS VILLAGE MOTEL
Hosts: Lilly and Esther Pavihi
Esthers Village Motel is located in Avatele Village. Budget accommodation set in an idyllic location renowned for veranda meals, lazy afternoons, and watching spectacular sunsets; Esthers reflects the slower and idyllic pace of village life. Esthers is a three-unit motel each with separate bedroom, sleeping up to four people.
DAMIANA'S HOLIDAY MOTEL
Host: Fisi Siono
Located in the seaside village of Avatele, Damiana's has two motel units each fully furnished and self-contained. Lounges open onto a large verandah; established and colourful surrounding gardens give way to the expansive village green and ocean view, with Avatele Beach only 200 metres from your front door.
HUVALU FOREST CAMP
Hosts: Alfele and Pati Paea
Set in the beautiful Huvalu Forest near Hakupu Village, this forest camp offers very basic accommodation for those wanting to get back to nature. Shared cooking and bathroom facilities available and a bunk house style sleeping area will be ideal for backpackers or those with a budget.
ACCOMMODATION ON NIUE Prices are per person per night in US$ and valid till 31 March 1998, but subject to change.
Return Airport Transfers $16
Twin Single Triple
Twin Single Triple
S/C Fale (bungalow) $ 30 $ 40 $ 25
Free Continental Breakfasts
Standard Room $ 21 $ 26 $ 19
Executive Room $ 26 $ 31 $ 21
Family Room $ 31 N.A. $ 26
Pelenis Guest House
Free Continental Breakfasts
S/C Unit $ 25 $ 30 $ 20
Waimanu Guest House
Standard Room $ 22 $ 28 $ 20
Executive Room $ 25 $ 30 $ 22
Family Room $ 30 $ 35 $ 25
Standard Room $ 20 $ 25 $ 18
Coral Gardens Resort
Free Tropical Breakfasts
S/C Studio $ 28 $ 30 & 25
Damianas Holiday Motel
Standard Unit $ 20 $ 23 $ 18
Standard Unit $ 18 $ 21 $ 16
Huvalu Forest Camp
Per person $ 10 N.A. N.A.
Standard Room $ 20 $ 25 $ 18
Executive Room $ 25 $ 30 $ 20
Family Room $ 30 $ 35 $ 25
Free Tropical Breakfasts
Standard Room $ 27 $ 32 $ 25
Executive Suite $ 30 $ 35 $ 28
FISHING ON NIUE
DEEP SEA FISHING
Tuna, Wahoo, Barracuda, Marlin, MahiMahi, Giant Travelly and Red Bass are all found in Niue waters.. Because of
the steep drop off into deep waters, land based game fishing is available on Niue. Fishing can be from cliff top,, vaka (one man canoe), or from powered outboard boats. The cost is minimal and the fish are plentiful.
The seafish that are mainly targeted on Niue are Wahoo, Tuna and Mahimahi because of their excellent eating quality.
The WAHOO (or PAALA as its known locally) are the speedsters of the sea and have been timed at 78 km per hr when striking the bait. Their jaws are very tough with teeth forward mounted and razor sharp. They mesh in such a way that they are almost identical to pinking shears so wire traces are essential. From an "anglers" point of view, hookups must be instantaneous as they have the ability to both cut down and then reject a bait or lure in a split second, so hooks must be very sharp to cut into the hard tissue of the mouth. Pusher lures trolled fast or flying fish baits are very effective during the "new moon" and lead-up to the full moon periods.
TUNA are often caught just on daybreak but can be enticed to strike at anytime of day when they are on the bite.
MAHIMAHI are delicious eating fish but can be difficult to land and control in the boat. They usually hunt in pairs of male and female or in small schools around floating objects such as FAD's etc.
Tuaki Fishing Charters and Wahoo Fishing Charters cater for the keen visiting fishermen with a range of services available from game fishing to night flying fishing Traditional canoe and 'tin boat' fishermen launch their craft daily to making a spectacular display at sunset.
WAHOO FISHING CHARTERS
Fish Niue's tropical waters with the islands most experienced sport and game fishing skipper aboard "WAHOO 1", a 4.8 MTR. Aluminium Stabicraft carrying all safety gear and a good range of Penn fishing equipment. Fish species caught within 500 metres of shoreline include wahoo, yellowfin tuna, mahimahi. skipjack tuna, giant trevally, sailfish & marlin. While fishing enjoy rugged coastal scenery and the varied marine life including dolphins, whales turtles, flying fish and sea snakes.
1. GIVE IT A TRY (MIN 3 HRS.)
2. FOR THE MORE SERIOUS (MIN 6 HRS.)
ENQUIRE FOR PRICES FOR 1 OR 2 PERSONS Trips subject to favourable weather conditions.
Trips leave from Sir Robert's Wharf in Alofi. Buy your own snacks, refreshments, sun protection Fish caught belongs to the boat, but you will receive sufficient for a meal if desired.
LOCAL RATES & FISHING CHARTERS - Applicable 1 April 1997 - 31 March 1998
NIGHT FLYING FISHING WITH SCOOP NET - This is a combination of lepidoptery (insects) with baiting and small game hunting and is possible only when there is NO MOON. Max: 3 people Total Cost NZ$ 70 for 1.5 Hrs.
GAME FISHING - Using 24g trolling rods and DAIWA sealine 900 reels. Plus hand reels. Best early morning or late afternoon. Max: 2 people Total cost NZ$ 90 for 2 Hrs. or NZ$ 160 for 4 Hrs.
BOAT DETAILS - A 4.9m Aluminium "Bluefin" boat with sun canopy. Johnson 50 HP Motor. All safety gear lures or bait provided. Clients are reminded to take their own drinks, cap, sunblocks and shades if required.
TRANSFER CHARGES - Transfer charges beyond Alofi NZ$ 10 (per couple). On Niue the fish normally belongs to the boat and this is reflected in the charter rates but we are happy to provide you with some for cooking etc. Good Luck and tight lines.
BOOKINGS: Contact ERNIE or HINE WELSH Owner/Operators
Ph (683) 4118 or FAX (683) 4010 or write to P.O. Box 137, Alofi, Niue Island.
The waters around Niue are very clear and there are opportunities to do cave dives. Packages available for both the novice and experienced diver. All dives are accompanied by an experienced PADI certified instructor.
Dives are along the coast in the open sea, with no rivers or streams, visibility is seldom below 30 metres. Includes walls, canyons, caves, arches and coral gardens. Traditional fishing on Niue means there is still plenty of fish life from small colourful reef fish to grouper and pelagics. Sightseeing and fishing can be arranged.
Prices are per Person in US Dollars valid till 31 Mar '98
Own Equipment All Equipment
Single Shore Dive $ 35 $ 60
3 Dives (one boat dive) $ 101 $ 200
6 Dives (3 boat dives) $ 180 $ 360
10 Dives (5 boat dives) $ 250 $440
6 to 10 Divers: 5% Discount; 10 or more divers: 10% Discount
Courses: Resort Scuba Course
PADI Open Water Certificate
Advanced Open Water Certificate. $68 first dive $52 subsequent dives $371 all equipment
Niue medical certificate required: $20 - $260 incl tank/weight belt - $300 incl all equipment
includes 3 core dives, 2 elective dives and 5 shore dives. Must be pre-arranged.
Please enquire about completing book study prior to arrival. A medical certificate can be arranged on the island.
A dive supervisor. Transfers from Dive Shop to dive site.
Equipment capabilities for 10 divers or tank and weightbelt for a further 5 divers , that is a total of 15 divers.
All equipment is the latest, including US Divers regulators and air integrated dive computers.
Recommended that divers bring own equipment including hard sole booties.
Dives are conducted from shore or 5 metre inflatable dinghy. All dives are no decompression dives.
Open Water Certification divers depth limit to 60 feet (18 metres) Advanced and above 130 feet (40 metres)
Divers must show dive certification card, and sign affirmation and release form prior to diving.
Divers with own equipment must include depth/timing device and alternate air source.
2 Hour Snorkelling / Dolphin Tour or One hour Snorkelling/Whale Tour from inflatable US$ 23 pp (min 4 to 6 people).
Depends on dolphins and whales being in area. A must for divers and non-divers. Includes looking for and swimming with resident "spinner" dolphins. In season (approx. , August to October) whale watching also included.
Hand held under water viewers available.
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