Collaboration the key success to Tokelau's Consultation
The Council of the Ongoing Government shared its vision for the restoration and distributing of ministerial portfolios, including the developing plan for better management of the country's funds were consulted with the highest authority on all three villages.
Members of the Council of Elders expressed their aspirations for better communicating of information so decision making can be delivered on time and accurately. To that end, highlighting its current development and achievement, highlighting the need to work together for the future they want.
The village elders and Council agreed on the need for allocating ministerial portfolio to reflect Tokelau's constitution.
The Cabinet sees ongoing community consultation as vital to the success of its work in developing Tokelau. Tokelau is the first solar powered nation.
Tokelau Cabinet reaffirmed its "Mana" as it consults with Village Council of Elders
The 6-Member cabinet or the Council for the Ongoing Government of Tokelau began its week's consultation with the village Council of Elders to discuss and seek views on the future of the Government of Tokelau. The Cabinet is chaired by the Ulu o Tokelau, which is rotated annually amongst the 3 Faipule members.
The Government of Tokelau is at cross-roads on some milestone decisions. These decisions have been encouraged by Tokelau's intention to achieve its development objectives and positively participate in the region and internationally with the close support from the Government of New Zealand, its constitutional partner. There are challenges but the Government is committed to deliver for their people. The theme for 2013 is "to bring the catch
home". Tokelau is the first nation in the world where all its electricity needs are powered by solar energy.
The decision of the Council to meet with their elders and discuss the future of the Government of Tokelau is timely and is an opportunity for Government Ministers to review that decisions are in line with the wishes of the elders. There has been a lot of 'soul searching' on what needs to be done in the future. The theme of the consultation is "Working Together for the Future we want".
"These consultation sessions have been too few and too far apart. It has been very humbling and encouraging to say the least. The community consultations allows the Ministers to reaffirm their 'mana' - the hands of their 'fathers' are on their shoulders reassuring them of the future. The future is uncertain but the message of unity is going to be the strength for moving forward. The leaders can feel the 'pulse of the communities' and there is a fresh breeze on Tokelau's sail", said Joe Suveinakama, the Secretary to Government.
The Cabinet and Officials are travelling on the Government's vessel, PB Matua, for a week to consult with all 3 of its atolls. The consultation should end on Saturday before the vessel returns to Apia Samoa on its 26 hour journey. There are no airstrip on Tokelau and the Government is working closely with the Government of New Zealand for the procurement of a new vessel.
National Strategic PlanThe TNSP presents the development vision for Tokelau and identifies
its medium-term national development goals for the financial
periods 2010/11 – 2014/15.
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Tokelau! Polynesia’s North…
Tokelau is a territory of New Zealand in the South Pacific Ocean that consists of three tropical coral atolls (Atafu, Nukunonu and Fakaofo) with a combined land area of 10 km2 and a population of approximately 1,400.
The name Tokelau is a Polynesian word meaning the "North Wind".
Tokelau’s aspirations and development is certainly about a journey towards a particular direction. This is demonstrated through Tokelau’s flag which illustrates a Tokelauan canoe’s journey towards a certain direction.