Category: Nationhood

Te Ulugā Talafau: Something new and beautiful from Nukunonu, Tokelau Islands

“This newspaper will not replace the cultural role of the matai in informing his or her extended family on the outcomes of the Taupulega meetings. In fact, the role of this newspaper is to ensure that everyone is informed and the public receives a record of the decisions.” Asi Pasilio

Ode to Tony Johns: Footprints on the sands of Tokelau

For a boy that grew up in the 1950s palagi world, his final rites conducted in traditional Polynesian custom testify to the transformation from where he came from to the Pacific islander he became. The final ode composed by an old friend from Atafu, Kelihiano Kalolo; and melodies of Tokelau’s funeral chant, Vale o Pou, carrying him to his final journey, acknowledged his Pacific home in the heart of Tokelau.

Samoa’s AG says, “Customary Land not under legal threat by Freehold Land laws”

“Our Customary Land is not under any legal threat from laws that oversee specifically freehold land. The LTRA 2008 does not have the effect of amending, repealing or adding to the provisions of Article 102 of the Constitution which specifically defines our customary land allowing all other legal protective measures to therefore by operation apply to it.”

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...

Tokelau’s 9th government emphasize stability in portfolio allocation

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’s leader call to NZ: Trust us, our practising of self-government is on track!

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 and NZ relations: A historical perspective and lessons

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.

Delegates arrive for first parliamentary sitting of Tokelau’s 9th government

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.