Arguably Niue’s most prominent artist and writer is John Pule. Author of The Shark That Ate the Sun, he paints both on canvass and on traditional tapa cloth. In 2005, he co-wrote Hiapo: Past and Present in Niuean Barkcloth, a study of a traditional Niuean artform, with Australian writer and anthropologist Nicholas Thomas.
Taoga Niue is a newly established Government Department responsible for the preservation of the culture, tradition and heritage of Niue. As part of recognizing its importance, the Government has add Taoga Niue as the sixth pillar of the Niue Integrated Strategic Plan (NISP).