Untold Pacific History - Episode 2: Niue / The Murder of Commissioner Larsen
What led Commissioner Larsen - the New Zealand administrator of Niue in the 1950s to be murdered in his bed by three locals hell-bent on justice and revenge?
New Zealand's representative to Niue, Cecil Hector Larsen, was killed by Niuean locals, the first New Zealand diplomat to have been killed abroad. In an extraordinary story of the trauma suffered by indigenous people at the hands of an alleged tyrant, a dramatic chapter in NZ and Niuean history is unravelled.
Niuean family members, politicians and historians give their perspectives on this little-known New Zealand colonial history on the ‘realm nation’ of Niue.