Alana Tukuniu (Ms.)
Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

My name is Alana Tukuniu, and I reside on Niue. I am a Crop Research Trainee in the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, this is not just my employment it is my passion.

I didn’t always like growing crops, and often baulked at my father who, liked to grow his own vegetables. My attitude shifted once I connected farming with the environment and how they could positively support each other. I currently grow my own crops, some of which I sell, at my own plantation and keep a small flock of chickens at home. My partner also raises puaka for a mixture of cultural ceremonies, income generation and home consumption. I am constantly learning about farming, and love the sight of crops growing healthily, and collecting eggs from my chickens each morning. My passion for agriculture continues to strengthen as I constantly see the benefits that are derived from it.