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Tokelau launches its climate change strategy in New York

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Tokelau launches its climate change strategy in New York


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NZ issues Tokelau a 'please explain' chopper purchase

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More revelations on NZ role in Tokelau suspensions
It's been revealed that New Zealand ordered Tokelau to suspend two public servants accused of making a controversial helicopter buy. The purchase of two helicopters in November prompted New Zealand to step in over what it called a "significant failure of governance" by Tokelau. The territory's commissioner, Casimilo Perez, suspended finance director Heto Puka and public service general manager Jovilisi Suveinakama from their positions in April for their role in the buy   Read More ...
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Confusion and delay in Tokelau helicopter investigation
Tokelau has delayed its ongoing legal investigation of two senior public servants despite assurances it was finished. Former public service general manager Jovilisi Suveinakama and the finance director Heto Puka had been suspended without pay since April for their role in Tokelau's controversial purchase of two helicopters and a property in Samoa. In August, Kelihiano Kalolo, a senior Tokelau cabinet minister, told RNZ Pacific the investigation had been completed and sent to Mr Suveinakama and Mr Puka   Read More ...
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NZ appoints new Tokelau administrator
New Zealand has appointed Jonathan Kings as administrator to Tokelau after David Nicholson was removed from his post just seven months in. Mr Kings was administrator from 2011-2015, before taking a senior post at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade's head office. Tokelau forced Mr Nicholson's exit last month and relocated the role back to Wellington. At the time, MFAT said this move would address issues of distance between Tokelau and the "decision making structures back in Wellington"   Read More ...
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Ulu o Tokelau issues response
The Ulu o Tokelau, Siopili Perez, has moved to address public statements by commentators, including two Apia-based senior officials under suspension pending an investigation. He has reminded the interested parties about the relationship between New Zealand and Tokelau and how, through that relationship, Tokelau is developing its own self-governance model. “Tokelau has been a territory of NZ since 1926,” stated Mr   Read More ...
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Tokelau Ulu says leaders decide, public servants should advise
The Ulu of Tokelau says it is for the government to make decisions and not public servants. Siopili Perez issued a statement while an inquiry continues into the actions of two suspended public servants who had been working at the administration office in Samoa. The duo were strongly critical of the Tokelau and New Zealand governments, defending their support for the purchase of two helicopters to service the atolls   Read More ...
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Controversial helicopter deal part of Tokelau capital spending spree
An employment investigation, involving two senior Tokelau public servants, has revealed a controversial helicopter buy was part of a hasty capital spending spree by the New Zealand territory. Tokelau surprised New Zealand late last year when it bought two helicopters which were part of plans to build airstrips on the remote atolls and had Polynesian Airlines as the proposed service operator   Read More ...
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Tokelau in dire need of Met Service help
A Tokelau government official, Loia Tausi, has told the 4th Pacific Meteorology Council meeting in Honiara that since New Zealand ended its direct involvement with Tokelau's weather forecasting 30 years ago, Tokelau meteorologists have struggled. The service has two staff but it primarily relied on Fiji forecasts that are then localised in Samoa and sent to Tokelau. An agreement has been made with Samoa to continue the partnership but Ms Tausi said Tokelau also wants the capability for its own MET office, to provide the atolls with weather and climate information   Read More ...
Places: Tokelau |  Tonga | 
Suspended Tokelau public servants stranded in Samoa
Two senior Tokelau public servants suspended in April remain stranded in Samoa without income. The former Tokelau public service general manager Jovilisi Suveinakama said he and the suspended director of finance Heto Puka had not been paid since being suspended four months ago. The two are awaiting the outcome of an investigation into their involvement in the controversial purchase of two helicopters last year   Read More ...
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Tokelau in dire need of Met Service help
Tokelau wants to set up its own weather service after years of relying on a service provided by Fiji and Samoa. A Tokelau government official, Loia Tausi, has told the 4th Pacific Meteorology Council meeting in Honiara that since New Zealand ended its direct involvement with Tokelau's weather forecasting 30 years ago the Tokelau service has struggled. The service has two staff but it primarily relied on Fiji forecasts that are then localised in Samoa and sent to Tokelau   Read More ...
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Tokelau forces exit of NZ administrator
New Zealand's Administrator to Tokelau has been removed from his role at the request of Tokelau's government. This follows concerns raised by Tokelau over David Nicholson's position being combined with his other role as High Commissioner to Samoa. Mr Nicholson resides in Apia and assumed the role of Administrator in December, which marked a shift from New Zealand-based operations. In a written statement, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said the Council for the Ongoing Government of Tokelau had asked that the role be relocated to Wellington and be dedicated to one person   Read More ...
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Tokelau Fono awaiting update on helicopter controversy
Tokelau's leader says he hopes to be updated next week on the investigation into the controversial purchase of two helicopters. The Ulu Siopili Perez said the public service commissioner and lawyers were due to give an update at the coming session of the Fono or parliament. Two senior public servants have been stood down pending the outcome of the investigation. Mr Perez confirmed the helicopters, which Tokelau purchased for several millions of dollars, had not yet been sold   Read More ...
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Frustration in Tokelau with Apia-based administration
The Ulu of Tokelau says frustrations have prompted renewed calls to move the territory's administration office from Samoa to Tokelau. Siopili Perez says at the last general fono the new public service commissioner was asked to investigate bringing the core operation to Tokelau while maintaining a function in Apia. Mr Perez said the commissioner is due to submit a report at the next general fono in two weeks which will outline recommendations on how to structure the administration   Read More ...
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Tokelau eyes biogas as part of renewable energy plan
Tokelau's director of energy says the addition of bio-gas generation would likely provide an energy surplus for the country. Along with the solar power generation currently providing 80 percent of Tokelau's electricity supply, wind turbines are being trialled. According to Robin Pene, when the turbines were implemented, renewable energy generation was expected to move to 98 percent and beyond. Mr Pene confirmed he was also looking at biogas to complement solar and wind   Read More ...
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Documents reveal NZ-Tokelau rift over helicopters
In March, the crowing of Tokelau's new leader displayed an unprecedented breakdown of ties between New Zealand and its sole territory. The newly-inaugurated Ulu, Siopili Perez, used his speech at the opening of Tokelau's ninth General Fono to ask New Zealand's administrator to Tokelau, David Nicholson: "On what ground has the Taupulega (Council of Elders) done wrong to deserve this interim veto arrangement?" He was referring to Mr Nicholson's decision to impose veto powers from his office on any capital spending by Tokelau over US$366,000, following the territory's controversial purchase of two helicopters   Read More ...
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‘Electric’ graduation at Don Bosco Technical School
Five Tokelau students graduated at Don Bosco Training Centre last Friday from an Electrical Special Training Course that had been taught for the first time. The course was co-sponsored by the Tokelau Department of Energy, growing from a need for qualified electricians in the atoll nation. The five electrical students were treated to a special graduation ceremony, with their family and friends; they were Sio Kave Inaleo, Antilea Chricton, Elisala Isaako, Elia Tamoa, and Toloa Lopa   Read More ...
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Tokelau chopper deal linked to Samoa's Polynesian Airlines
Documents show Tokelau's controversial helicopter buy was part of a proposed deal with Polynesian Airlines to run air services from Samoa to the New Zealand territory. Earlier this year it emerged the territory had purchased two helicopters as part of an interim air service without consulting the New Zealand government. Emails obtained under the Official Information Act reveal a Tokelau public servant advised New Zealand's Civil Aviation Authority that Polynesian Airlines would be the service operator   Read More ...
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Tokelau launches its climate change strategy in New York
Strengthening the coastline of Tokelau's three inhabited atolls against the impact of storm surges and rising sea levels is a key part of the territory's climate change strategy. Its 100 per cent reliance on solar energy is also a prominent feature of its 'Living with Change' national strategy on enhancing resilience to climate change and related hazards for 2017 to 2030   Read More ...
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Places: Oceania |  New Zealand |  Pacific Islands |  Polynesia |  Tokelau |  New York | 
Tokelau still to go public over controversial chopper buy
The Government of Tokelau has suspended two senior public servants as it continues efforts to find out how it ended up spending several million dollars buying two helicopters. In the nearly three months since New Zealand raised concerns about the purchase, little has been made public. Former Foreign Minister Murray McCully was upset New Zealand was not made privy to the sale and the impact on Tokelau's ferry, which New Zealand had mostly paid for, which went into service just last year   Read More ...
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Swains leader sees benefits in Tokelau chopper stopover
The House Representative for American Samoa's Swains Island says he was very happy to make the island available as a proposed refuelling stop for helicopters from Tokelau. Alex Jennings said Tokelau was keen to use Swains for refuelling as it was about the halfway point for a trip to Apia. There had been considerable controversy surrounding the helicopter purchase and Tokelau's leader, Siopili Perez, said the helicopters will be sold off before being put into service   Read More ...
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Killer ants controlled in Tokelau and Kiribati
Killer ants which were threatening fragile ecosystems on Kiribati and Tokelau have been brought under control according to a group working to control invasive ants in the Pacific. Wellington-based Pacific Biosecurity has been working to control yellow crazy ants on Atafu and eradicate them on Kiritimati. The ants can kill animals over 500 times their size including crabs and seabirds, posing a big threat to local ecosystems   Read More ...
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Strengthening resilience to Ocean Acidification in Tokelau
For Tokelau, this is now underway with a special inception workshop held in Samoa, to plan implementation of the different activities. With the Tokelau General Fono recently endorsing the Tokelau Climate Change Strategy – 'Living with Change' the protection of the ocean is featured as a high priority. Being part of the New Zealand Pacific Partnership on Ocean Acidification (NZPPOA) regional project to build resilience to ocean acidification is especially important for Tokelau and her community   Read More ...
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Tokelau angry over chopper buy
Tokelau's leader says the people of the three atolls are in an uproar over the government buying two helicopters. The multi-million dollar buy angered the New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs, Murray McCully, whose ministry oversees the Council for the Ongoing Government of Tokelau. The Ulu o Tokelau, Siopili Perez, who took over the post two weeks ago, said he was unaware of the purchase   Read More ...
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Inquiries under way into Tokelau helicopter purchases
Two inquiries are under way to find out how Tokelau ended up with two expensive helicopters. The Ulu o Tokelau, Siopili Perez, who only came into the job two weeks ago, said he was unaware of the purchase, which was strongly criticised by New Zealand. The New Zealand appointed administrator, David Nicholson, was looking into the matter while the people of Tokelau during the General Fono, or parliament, on Nukunonu, two weeks ago also demanded an inquiry   Read More ...
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NZ gets tough over Tokelau helicopter buy
Tokelau is angered at New Zealand plans to give its administrator in the islands a veto over decisions made by the Tokelau government. Siopili Perez, who was appointed Ulu, or leader, of Tokelau last week, used his opening speech at the General Fono to protest the New Zealand proposal. The Asia Pacific Report said this move would give the administrator, David Nicholson, oversight of Tokelau development funds when spending is greater than $US346,000 dollars   Read More ...
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Tokelau installs Siopili Perez as Ulu
Tokelau has inaugurated its new Ulu, or leader. Siopili Perez, who is the faipule, or chief, on Nukunonu - one of the three atolls making up Tokelau - will hold the post for a year. It is his second time in the post after being Ulu in 2015. The inauguration of the 25th Ulu o Tokelau, Aliki Faipule Siopili Perez, comes as the Tokelau General Fono, or parliament, meets on Nukunonu   Read More ...
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Tokelau agreement for albacore gets a boost
The agreement, signed at the Forum Fisheries Agency headquarters in Solomon Islands, will cover services and advice from the FFA and the Oceanic Fisheries Programme of the SPC to ensure a better performing tuna fishery and a more viable stock. Countries sharing in the southern albacore long-line fishery and participating in the development of the Tokelau Agreement include the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands,   Read More ...
Places: Tokelau |  Tonga | 
Tokelau agreement for albacore gets a boost
Efforts to implement the Tokelau Arrangement for South Pacific albacore have been boosted by a grant of $US5.1 million dollars from New Zealand. The agreement, signed at the Forum Fisheries Agency headquarters in Solomon Islands, will cover services and advice from the FFA and the Oceanic Fisheries Programme of the SPC to ensure a better performing tuna fishery and a more viable stock. Countries sharing in the southern albacore long-line   Read More ...
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NZ issues Tokelau a 'please explain' chopper purchase
The New Zealand Government hopes discussions this week in Tokelau will shed light on the reported purchase of two helicopters by the territory. TVNZ reports the choppers cost millions but lack the proper certification and would struggle to reach Samoa - the closest major settlement. The buy infuriated Foreign Minister Murray McCully who said when New Zealand agreed to help finance a new inter island ferry, at a cost of   Read More ...
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Te Kanava, Tokelau descendants’ plan for NZ
Press Release – Pacific Guardians. 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 …Te Kanava ushers in a new era of doing things in foreign lands and a space for exploring doing things   Read More ...
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Plagiarism vs. originality debate takes centre stage in book reading
The novelist Virginia Woolf once said that if you want to come up afresh in thousands of minds and books long after you were dead, the way to do it is to start thinking for yourself.   Read More ...
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