Tamakautoga

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Tamakautoga
Tamakautoga council within Niue
Tamakautoga council within Niue
Administrative map of Niue showing all the villages
Administrative map of Niue showing all the villages
Coordinates: 19°06′14″S 169°55′01″W / 19.10389°S 169.91694°W / -19.10389; -169.91694Coordinates: 19°06′14″S 169°55′01″W / 19.10389°S 169.91694°W / -19.10389; -169.91694
Country Niue
Tribal AreaTafiti
Area
 • Total11.93 km2 (4.61 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)
 • Total157
 • Density13.16/km2 (34.1/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-11 (UTC-11)
Area code(s)+683

Tamakautoga is one of the fourteen villages within the Pacific Ocean island nation of Niue.[1] Tamakautoga is located in the southwestern portion of the island and borders the villages of Avatele, Hakupu, and Niue's capital, Alofi, meeting all three at a quadripoint. The village's population at the 2001 census was 140,[2] and 157 in 2011. This number has fallen significantly from the 19th century which was reported to be 275 in an 1899 mission census.[3] Tamakautoga is represented by Andrew Funaki in the Niue Assembly.[4]

The climate of Tamakautoga is classified as a tropical rainforest under the Köppen climate classification system. Temperatures in Tamakautoga vary from an average of 22.7 °C (72.9 °F) in July, the coolest month, to an average of 26.5 °C (79.7 °F) in February, the warmest month. Average precipitation in Tamakautoga ranges from a low of 88mm in June, the driest month, to 223mm in January, the wettest month.[5]

The Tamakautoga War Memorial honours Niuean soldiers from Tamakautoga who fought in World War I alongside the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.[6] Tamakautoga holds an annual show day involving performances, meals, and other activities. The 2017 show day was held on 26 August.[7] Tamakautoga is home to the Scenic Matavai Resort Niue, a 55-room resort on the coast of Niue that is part of the Scenic Hotel Group.[8][9] Tamakautoga is serviced by a number of local roads as well as the Niue International Airport, part of which is located within the boundaries of the village.[10]

Australian writer Louis Becke documented a trip to Niue in his 1897 book Wild Life in Southern Seas in which his nurse took his infant daughter to Tamakautoga to meet members of the nurse's family.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1558550 (x a j h) Tamakautoga on OpenStreetMap
  2. ^ Statoids.com. Retrieved 8 December 2010
  3. ^ Churchill, William (1 January 1908). Ward, Robert (ed.). "Niuē: A Reconnaissance". Bulletin of the American Geographical Society. 40 (3): 150. doi:10.2307/198226. ISSN 0190-5929. JSTOR 198225.
  4. ^ "Office of the Premier". Government of Niue. Government of Niue.
  5. ^ "Climate Tamakautoga". Climate-data.org. Climate-data.org. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Tamakautoga war memorial, Niue". New Zealand History. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Tamakautoga Village Show Day". Niue Tourism. Niue Tourism. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Accommodation". Niue Tourism. Niue Tourism. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Niue, the Pacific island struggling to cope as its population plummets". The Guardian. Associated Press in Niue. 13 July 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  10. ^ 1558550 (x a j h) Tamakautoga on OpenStreetMap
  11. ^ Becke, Louis (1897). Wild Life in Southern Seas. London: T. F. Unwin. pp. 99–100. Retrieved 4 November 2018.