Kelihiano Kalolo bring Tokelau blessings to 2-yearly ‘Youth Easter Festival’
On Good Friday, Kelihiano Kalolo, a member of the newly elected government of Tokelau delivered a formal message of support and blessings to this year’s bi-ennial Youth Festival ‘Mafutaga Tupulaga Tokelau’ gathering.
The 4-day festival is one of the world’s largest events for Tokelau youth.
It brings them together in a fest of sports, cultural events together with a number of trade and educational expos promoting trade and career pathways. For 2017, the events take place under the theme: Mai na matua, mo ki tatou, ki na fanau (Learn from yesterday, live today and hope for tomorrow).
Hon. Kalolo who holds the portfolios of Public Service Commission; and Economic Development, Natural Resources and Environment (EDNRE) is exploring the potential for skilled, qualified young men and women with a view to bolster Tokelau’s public service and village workforce. And promote Tokelau’s heritage to its younger generation living overseas.
He is accompanied by a delegation that includes the Director for the EDNRE, Mr Mika Perez, and Advisor to the Public Service Commissioner, Mr Aleki Silao.
While in New Zealand, Hon Kalolo has accepted an invitation to meet with the Head of New Zealand’s Electoral Commission, Ms Alicia Wright and her team in Wellington. A move to continue the ‘Learning by doing’ motto as Tokelau continues its journey for self-governance and self-determination.
In Auckland, next week, he will be briefed on the threat posed by the illegal Vietnamese Blue Boats and the Niue Treaty Subsidiary Agreement (NTSA), a tool to fight illegal fishers by Forum Fisheries Agency’s (FFA) Legal Counsel, Dr Manu Tupou-Roosen.
Hon Kalolo and his delegation is expected to leave New Zealand on Friday next week.