Tokelau has, since 1926, been administered by New Zealand. For the purposes of the principle of self-determination enshrined in the United Nations Charter, Tokelau is a non-self-governing territory.
Administration of Tokelau
The Administrator of Tokelau is a statutory position appointed by the Minister
of Foreign Affairs and Trade to provide support to Tokelau. John Allen
is the current Administrator. The Office of the Administrator of Tokelau
supports the Administrator and Tokelau both with policy advice and administrative
support. The Office is part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
Trade in Wellington.
Signing of the Tokelau Economic Support Arrangement, November 2007
Coordinating all New Zealand government activities relating to Tokelau
Supporting Tokelau, particularly in the areas of health; education; shipping; constitutional and legislative development; financial management; public sector management; with the involvement and recruitment of appropriate experts
Coordinating all New Zealand activities for Tokelau.
Contributing to Tokelau's efforts to enhance governance structures and assisting with constitutional and legislative matters
Managing patient referrals to New Zealand and acting on behalf of the Tokelau Public Service in New Zealand
Maintaining contact with and disseminating information to Tokelauan communities in NZ and 'friends of Tokelau' in NZ
Maintaining dialogue with the UN Special Committee on Decolonisation and other international and regional groupings with an interest in Tokelau.
News, Issues and Events
Tokelau's three Faipule (atoll leaders), including the incumbent Ulu o Tokelau made an official visit to New Zealand in September 2009.
The Governor General, Hon Sir Anand Satyanand, presented Tokelau's first official flag to the Ulu o Tokelau, Faipule Foua Toloa on 7 September 2009.
Statement by Faipule Foua Toloa Ulu O Tokelau (Titular Head of Tokelau) to the Special Committee on the Situation With Regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, 24 June 2009
United Nations General Assembly Fifty-Ninth Session: Special
Committee on the Situation With Regard to the Implementation of the
Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and
Peoples - Question
of Tokelau - Statement by Mr Neil Walter Administrator
Of Tokelau, 24 June 2005