Office of the Administrator

David-Nicholson-MFAT-300-2017 The Administrator of Tokelau is charged with the administration of the executive government of Tokelau, and has other functions and powers as are conferred by regulations or any other enactment in force in Tokelau.

Since 1994 most of the powers of the Administrator relating to the day-to- day government of Tokelau have been delegated to Tokelauan institutions, but with important exemptions including the administration of Tokelau’s Exclusive Economic Zone.

The current Administrator, David Nicholson, was appointed in November 2016 and also serves as New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Samoa, based in Apia.

David made his first visit to Tokelau in February 2017.

Prior to this appointment, David was a senior manager within the Pacific Branch of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Wellington. He has previously worked for the New Zealand Tertiary Education Commission and the Ministry of Health.

David holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration. He is married to Dr Deborah Nicholson and has four children.