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LocationTokelau.png
Capital Fakaofo
Currency New Zealand dollar (NZD)
Population 1.4 thousand (2016)
Country code +690
Time zone UTC+13:00
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Tokelau is a group of three atolls in Polynesia, north of Samoa, about half way between New Zealand (which administers the territory) and Hawaii.

RegionsEdit

  Atafu
  Nukunonu
  Fakaofo

UnderstandEdit

 
Atafu

Originally settled by Polynesian emigrants from surrounding island groups, the Tokelau Islands were made a British protectorate in 1889. They were transferred to New Zealand administration in 1925.

Tokelau's small size (three villages), isolation, and lack of resources greatly restrain economic development and confine agriculture to the subsistence level. The territory relies heavily on aid from New Zealand, about $4 million annually which is substantially greater than GDP. The principal sources of revenue come from sales of copra, domain names, postage stamps, souvenir coins and handicrafts.

Tokelau was on the east side of the International Date Line until it joined with Samoa and skipped 30 December 2011 and jumped at midnight from UTC -11 to UTC +13 and 29 Dec to 31 Dec.

ClimateEdit

Tropical; moderated by trade winds (April to November) The average annual temperature is about 28°C. Rainfall is irregular but heavy. There are downpours of up to 80 mm in a single day, and are possible any time. Tokelau is at the north edge of the main hurricane belt, but tropical storms sometimes sweep through between November and March. Since 1846, Tokelau had only experienced three recorded hurricanes. In February 1990, waves from Hurricane Ofa broke across the atolls, washing topsoil away and contaminating the freshwater lens. Residual salt prevented new plant growth for months. Hurricane Val in 1992 and Hurricane Percy in 2005 caused additional damage.

LandscapeEdit

Tokelau consists of three atolls, each with a lagoon surrounded by a number of reef-bound islets of varying length and rising to over three metres above sea level.

Get inEdit

By planeEdit

Tokelau has no airports. Lagoon landings are possible by amphibious aircraft

By boatEdit

Tokelau has no ports or harbours; offshore anchorage only. A twice monthly service runs from Apia on board the MV Tokelau. This is subject to change and often unreliable. Foreigners take last priority in securing a place.

Pacific Expeditions Ltd go to Nukunono Atoll once a year from Apia, Samoa

Get aroundEdit

 
The lagoon at Nukunonu

Most people get around by car or bikes in Tokelau. People buy them from either classified ads or agencies that help with importing.

TalkEdit

Tokelauan, a Polynesian language closely related to Samoan and Tuvaluan, is the native language, and most people can speak and understand English.

The name Tokelau is a Polynesian word meaning "north wind"

SeeEdit

Tokelau is the habitat for several native plant and insect species as well as whales, dolphins and land crabs. 29 bird species live on the islands.

DoEdit

BuyEdit

MoneyEdit

Exchange rates for New Zealand dollars

As of 07 December 2018:

  • US$1 ≈ $1.52
  • €1 ≈ $1.77
  • UK£1 ≈ $1.96
  • Australian $1 ≈ $1.09

Exchange rates fluctuate. Current rates for these and other currencies are available from [1]

The currency used in Tokelau is the New Zealand dollar, denoted by the symbol "$" or "NZ$" (ISO code: NZD). It is divided into 100 cents. In this guide, the "$" symbol denotes New Zealand dollars unless otherwise indicated. Some Tokelauan dollar notes have been produced but are hard to find.

CostsEdit

EatEdit

The Luana Liki Hotel in Nukunonu is the only public eating place. If you are staying at the Luana Liki, you will get three meals a day included in the price.

DrinkEdit

Samoan beer is available in shops and at the Luana Liki Hotel, but sale is strictly rationed in Nukunonu.

The legal drinking age is 18.

SleepEdit

The Luana Liki Hotel in Nukunonu is Tokelau's only commercial accommodation. Homestays may be arranged in advanced through the Tokelau-Apia Liaison Office in Samoa.

LearnEdit

 
At dawn in Atafu

Education in Tokelau for children between the ages of 5-18 is available and free. Each atoll has a primary and secondary school. The education system is similar to that in New Zealand.

The schools have levels or classes running from Early Childhood Education (ECE) right through to Year11. At Year11, students are required to sit a National examination. This examination is used to determine which students will continue Year 12 studies under the Tokelau Scholarship Scheme. The successful students commence Year 12 and 13 studies in Samoa.

Schools are under the administration of the Taupulega's (Village council). The Education department plays a supporting role in providing training and workshops for Principals and teachers, assisting in other developments with the schools, the setting and marking of the Year11 National Examinations and so forth.

Stay safeEdit

Tokelau lies in the Pacific typhoon belt, and most of Tokelau is only 2 metres above sea level making it particularly vulnerable to sea level causing major flooding.

Over 96% of the population has access to safe water and just over 70% has access to adequate sanitary facilities. Health indicators are good and there is universal access to health care.

Stay healthyEdit

Each atoll has a hospital. The health services have a Director of Health based in Apia and a Chief Clinical Advisor who moves from atoll to atoll as required to assist the doctors attached to each hospital.

An outbreak of chikungunya, a mosquito-borne disease, started in 2014, so take precautions against mosquito bites.

RespectEdit

ConnectEdit

Tokelau has a radio telephone service between the islands and to Samoa and is government regulated.


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