Tokelau

New Zealand Aid Programme allocated funding

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Development results

  • Budget support from New Zealand has comprised approximately 60 per cent of Government of Tokelau revenue for many years and assisted Tokelau to meet the social and economic needs of its people.
  • Recently, reliance on budget support has declined because Tokelau's fisheries revenues have increased from under $1 million to $6 million per annum. Revenue reached a high of $10.75 million in 2014/15. These results were achieved with the support of advisors and the oversight of the Office of the Administrator.
  • Around 90 percent of Tokelau's electricity is now provided through solar photovoltaics. Diesel consumption dropped from 30 drums to six drums per village per year.
  • A new hospital in Nukunonu and new schools in Fakaofo and Atafu were completed in 2013.
  • Educational advisors are working with principals and teachers on all the atolls to improve the quality of teaching and learning outcomes. 
  • A chartered SOLAS-compliant vessel is meeting Tokelau's essential passenger and cargo transportation needs while a new ship is being built. The new ship is scheduled to come into service late July 2015.

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 (PDF 363 KB). New Zealand’s development assistance is guided by the Tokelau National Strategic Plan 2010 - 2015 (PDF 3MB), and the Tokelau / New Zealand Joint Commitment for Development (PDF 180KB).

Focus areas include:

  • Transport: Tokelau is only accessible by ship via Samoa.  A safe shipping service, and ship to shore passenger and cargo operations are vital to the well-being of Tokelauans.
  • Revenue generation: Tokelau has a very small population and limited natural resources. Isolation also limits opportunities to develop its economy and generate revenue.  

Our priorities include:

Improved economic well-being:

  • Safe, reliable and affordable transportation that supports social and economic development on Tokelau. 
  • Sustainable mangement of Tokelau's fisheries to maximise revenue and ensure food security.
  • Reduced reliance on fossil fuels through sustainable renewable energy solutions.
  • 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 helping Tokelau to strengthen its health system.
  • Improving the quality of education at all levels and improving the management and governance of schools.

Improved Governance:

  • Supplementing and developing Tokelau's public services to improve the quality of life in the villages.
  • Promotion of good governance principles in all decision making and the management of human and financial resources. 

Major activities

  • The construction of an efficient pasenger and cargo ship tailored to the specific needs of the people of Tokelau is close to completion.
  • A multi-year programme to improve the quality of education is under way, with a focus on increasing the effectiveness of teachers and improving school governance and management.
  • The Administrator is 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