Delegates arrive for first parliamentary sitting of Tokelau’s 9th government
Delegates from Fakaofo arrived in Nukunonu on Friday in preparation for the first General Fono (legislative assembly) of Tokelau’s ninth National Government.
The Fono highlights include the inauguration of the 25th Ulu of Tokelau, Aliki Faipule Siopili Perez of Nukunonu. It will be Mr Perez’s second time as the Titular head of Tokelau.
The Fono will also remember former Council members who passed during the eighth parliamentary term: Foua Toloa (2015), Kolouei O’Brien (2016) and Panapa Sakaria (2016).
General Fono 2017 will deliberate on the processes of governance and priorities for the next three years. Delegates will consider a number of laws and debate key issues that include the Midterm Budget Review 201/17; Education; Health and the recent purchase of two helicopters.
Also arriving on the MV Mataliki was the newly elected Faipule of Atafu, Kelihiano Kalolo and his wife. They had been in Fakaofo to witness the inauguration of their son, Reverend John Kalolo, as Fakaofo’s new minister for the Congregational Christian Church of Tokelau.
Ulu-o-Tokelau elect, Mr Perez was at the pier to welcome Faipule Kalolo, the Fakaofo delegation, and public service officials from the national office in Apia.
On Saturday, the full delegation from Atafu arrived successfully.
The Administrator of Tokelau, HE David Nicholson and his party, together with the rest of the public service officials from the Apia office are expected to arrive early Monday morning.
This is the Ninth National Government of Tokelau, the first was established in 1993.
The list of Ulu-o-Tokelau:
1993 Salesio Lui
1994 Keli Neemia
1995 Lepaio Simi
1996 Pio Tuia
1997 Falima Teao
1998 Kuresa Nasau
1999 Pio Tuia
2000 Kolouei O’Brien
2001 Kuresa Nasau
2002 Pio Tuia
2003 Kolouei O’Brien
2004 Kuresa Nasau / Patuki Isaako
2005 Pio Tuia
2006 Kolouei O’Brien
2007 Kuresa Nasau
2008 Pio Tuia
2009 Foua Toloa
2010 Kuresa Nasau
2011 Foua Toloa
2012 Kelihiano Kalolo
2013 Salesio Lui
2014 Kuresa Nasau
2015 Siopili Perez
2016 Afega Gaualofa
2017 Siopili Perez
Tokelau is a non-self-governing territory of New Zealand. It is located in the Pacific Ocean north of Samoa and south of the Equator (9 00 S, 172 00 W).
It is made up of three small atolls separated from each other by high seas. The total land area is approximately 12 km². The total sea area of the exclusive economic zone is approximately 518,000 km². The height above sea level is between 3-5 metres, the maximum width is 200 metres. Tokelau is therefore particularly vulnerable to natural disasters.
The people of Tokelau are New Zealand citizens.
The population of 1499 (2016 census) is spread approximately equally among the three atolls (Atafu (541); Fakaofo (506) and Nukunonu (452). The traditional lifestyle was subsistence but Tokelau has moved to a cash economy. The only natural resource of any current economic significance is the fishery of the exclusive economic zone.
Tokelau has no main town; each island has its own administrative centre, hospital, school and basic infrastructure. There are no airstrips or harbours. Access is only by ship; through the Port of Apia, Samoa.
There are approximately 7000 Tokelauans living in New Zealand, and smaller communities live in Australia, Samoa, and Hawaii.