Tokelau

New Zealand Aid Programme allocated funding

New Zealand Aid Programme transparency

Development results

  • Regular budget support comprises approximately 60 percent of Government of Tokelau revenues and assists the Government to meet the social and economic needs of its people.
  • Support for renewable energy has seen around 90 percent of Tokelau’s electricity now provided through solar photovoltaics, and diesel consumption dropping from 30 drums to 6 drums per village per year. Tokelau has been in the international media spotlight for being the world’s first country to be powered by solar electricity.
  • Tokelau’s fisheries revenues have increased from around $1 million per annum to over $5 million, following the signing of international fisheries agreements. These now make up around 25 percent of government revenues.
  • A new Nukunonu hospital completed in 2013 provides Tokelau with a quality medical centre and helps to improve the delivery of health services to Tokelauans. This will assist with the reduction over time of referral of patients to Samoa or New Zealand for treatment.
  • New schools completed in 2013 in Fakaofo and Atafu are providing children with a quality environment to receive their education. 
  • New Zealand has chartered the PB Matua since 2012 to provide an interim service while a new ship is being built.

New Zealand commitment in Tokelau

Tokelau is a non self governing territory of New Zealand and has been administered by New Zealand since 1926. Jonathan Kings is the current Administrator of Tokelau (based in the Special Relations Unit of MFAT). Tokelauans are New Zealand citizens and travel on New Zealand passports. Our constitutional relationship is guided by the Joint Statement of the Principles of Partnership between Tokelau and New Zealand. New Zealand’s development assistance is guided by the Tokelau National Strategic Plan 2010 - 2015, and the Tokelau / New Zealand Joint Commitment for Development.

Focus areas include:

  • Transport: Tokelau is only accessible by ship via Samoa, and provision of a safe and affordable shipping service, with safe and efficient ship to shore passenger and cargo operations is vital.
  • Revenue generation: Tokelau has a very small population and limited natural resources and thus opportunities to develop its economy and generate its own revenue. At present around 60 percent of Government revenues are from New Zealand budget support.

Our priorities include:

Improved economic well-being:

  • A safe, reliable and affordable transport solution that supports social and economic development on Tokelau.
  • Reduced reliance on fossil fuels through sustainable renewable energy solutions.
  • Sustainable management of Tokelau’s fisheries to maximise revenue and ensure food security.
  • Enhancing opportunities for communities through sustainable economic development activities
  • Adequate and efficient infrastructure to provide a quality standard of living

Improved Human Development:

  • Improving health outcomes by developing an effective and sustainable health system.
  • Improving the quality of education at all levels through strengthened structures, systems and operations.

Improved Governance:

  • Improving and coordinating human resource capacity and development, tailored to the needs of villages and departments.
  • Promotion of governance principles in all decision making and management of Tokelau’s people and resources

Major activities

  • The construction of a highly efficient passenger and cargo ferry designed to meet the specific needs of the people of Tokelau is underway. It will service thethe Apia-Tokelau run in order to provide a safe, reliable shipping service to Tokelau – the country’s sole means of travel to the outside world. It is expected to be in service by early 2015.
  • A five year programme to transform early childhood and primary education has begun. The programme will improve the quality of education for children through increased effectiveness of teachers, as well as bettering school governance and management.New barges and equipment are being provided each village to ensure that the transfer of passengers and cargo from ship to shore is safe and efficient. This is being accompanied by the improvements to the the wharf areas, and training for the barge masters.
  • The Administrator is now responsible for  managing Tokelau’s Exclusive Economic Zone  in order to maximise international fisheries revenues.

Related links

IATI data
Recent evaluations
Tokelau page on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website
Government of Tokelau website