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...
The Ulu-o-Tokelau retains Finance as Tokelau’s Ninth Government formalized its ministerial portfolios for its six ministers yesterday’s General Fono assembly. Following the new Ulu-o-Tokelau’s approach of “learning by doing”, the portfolio allocation is based...
Tokelau has a development plan in place. As Ulu, I will not implement any project unless rigorous consultation of all key stakeholders has been undertaken. Any future plannings will be done on Tokelau by Tokelau for Tokelau. How realistic are we in our nation building exercise if plannings and monitoring of government decisions are executed on another sovereignty? Tokelau’s challenges will never be understood by regional and international development agencies let alone New Zealand if we do not all walk-our talk on Tokelau soils.
Tokelau-NZ relationship and history is not well understood by a large cross-section of the New Zealand public. An audience that range from the ordinary Kiwi to academia, including New Zealand politicians, international agencies and perhaps, a number of Tokelauans themselves. This lack of understanding is made more so by the confusion that can exist between what is meant by self-government as compared to what is meant by self-determination.
General Fono 2017 will deliberate on the processes of governance and priorities for the next three years. It 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.
“In my family we have three Pacific languages and cultures; Cook Island, Vagahau Niue and Gagana Samoa but I’ll be making a special effort to learn more phrases from some of the other heavenly languages of the Pacific.” Hon. Alfred Ngaro
In the new world under Trump, Diplomats could play a significant part. For centuries, their principal role is to act as catalysts for peace and understanding between peoples. Leasi’s raw perspective, non-traditional diplomatic experience and institutional networking makes him the best prepared diplomat to lead the Diplomatic Corp in these uncertain times.
From Westminster Palace, West Papua petitions UN for ‘internationally supervised vote’ on self-determination
The petition will play a part in West Papua’s journey towards independence by demonstrating the huge levels of support around the world for West Papuans to have the opportunity decide their own future.
Te Kanava ushers in a new era of doing things in foreign lands and a space for exploring doing things in a Tokelauan way as they themselves march to nationhood. It embodies a new approach that meshes modern operations systems with traditional support from elders as advisors and spiritual leaders.
It’s been more than 50 years since the first men and women from Tokelau’s northernmost atoll, Atafu, began a steady migration, firstly to New Zealand and then onwards to other foreign shores. The initial...
Do you know the answer to the question “Which country is the first to see the sunrise and welcomed the New Year earlier this week?” By all accounts, you and many others will say...
The laid-back simplicity of life in the Territory stands in contrast to the extremely complicated system of local and national laws that govern a place like this — a system that’s on the brink of change. Conor Knighton