Cyclone Heta’s Wrath:
Early January of 2004, a category 5 tropical cyclone named Heta took form within the South Pacific and made its mark on three tropical islands. Cyclone Heta unleashed its unrelenting force of nature on Samoa, Tonga and lastly Niue Island – January 6th 2004.
Severely devastated from this natural disaster, a complete pathway of destruction transformed the majority of Niue’s landscape. The islands tropical beauty and agricultural industries sustained significant damages and losses, including vanilla farming.
The process of recovering from Cyclone Heta for many farmers was incredibly challenging and the industry eventually came to a crawl. This loss of hope was contagious which had prevented countless farmers from successfully reinvesting in vanilla farming. After a few years from Cyclone Heta, a selective few persevered with vanilla and eventually approached an uninvolved local buyer to assist in buying vanilla pods.
This is how the future founder of NIUE Vanilla International (NVI) started with vanilla and slowly other vanilla farmers who also persevered took notice of this new buyer.
In an effort to continue helping Niuean vanilla farmers and to provide their families with a sense of development for the local vanilla industry. NIUE Vanilla International will strive to work together in partnership with all stakeholders, encouraging Niueans to progressively build the Niue Vanilla Industry and generate a reliable flow of income to the country and its people.