Alofi council within Niue
Administrative map of Niue showing all the villages. Alofi is on the western side of the island
|Village||Alofi North and Alofi South|
|• Assemblyman of Alofi North||Vaiga Tukuitoga|
|• Assemblyman of Alofi South||Dalton Tagelagi|
|• Area of both Alofi North and Alofi South||46.48 km2 (17.95 sq mi)|
|Elevation||21 m (69 ft)|
|• Density||12.5/km2 (32.46/sq mi)|
|• Alofi North||147|
|• Alofi South||434|
|• Visitors (Alofi North)||6,214|
|• Visitor (Alofi South)||6,214|
|Time zone||UTC-11 (UTC-11)|
Alofi is the capital of the Pacific Ocean island nation of Niue. The capital city is located within the Realm of New Zealand. With a population of less than 1,000 (census of 2014), Alofi has the distinction of being the second smallest national capital city in terms of population (after Ngerulmud, capital of Palau). It consists of the two villages: Alofi North and Alofi South where the government headquarters are located.
In January 2004, Niue was hit by the fierce tropical storm Cyclone Heta which killed two people and did extensive damage to the entire island. Many of Alofi's buildings were destroyed, including the hospital. Government buildings were shifted to a less exposed site 3 km (1.9 mi) inland from the west coast, named Fonuakula, after the storm. This site is still within the village boundaries of Alofi South.
It is located at the centre of Alofi Bay on the west coast of the island, close to the only break in the coral reef that surrounds Niue. The bay stretches for 30% of the island's length (about seven kilometres) from Halagigie Point in the south to Makapu Point in the north.
|Climate chart (explanation)|
Alofi features a tropical rainforest climate under the Köppen climate classification, with no discernible dry season. The city has a noticeably drier stretch from June through September. However, all of these months average more than 60 mm (2.4 in) of rain, the limit for a dry season month. Average temperatures vary slightly throughout the course of the year in Alofi hovering at around 27 °C (81 °F), during the warmest month (February) and at around 23 °C (73 °F) during the coolest months (July and August) .
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- "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Alofi, Niue". Weatherbase. 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2009.
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