4 Nov 2004

Tokelau delegation arrives in NZ

8:46 pm on 4 November 2004

Tokelau's Council for Ongoing Government has begun a two-week long visit to New Zealand with a week of discussions with members of the Tokauan community.

A spokesman for the Tokelau Council, Falani Aukuso says they will consult Tokelauan communities on the option of self-government in free association with New Zealand.

Mr Falani says they also want feedback on other issues, including ways to preserve the language, and the effects of global warming on Tokelau.

"With the communities, the Tokelauns living in the Auckland area, and we start our meeting, or rather the council's first meeting, tonight. And throughout the week, we'll call in on the community in Rotorua, Taupo, Porirua, Hutt Valley and even further down the South Island."

Mr Falani says the council is in New Zealand at the invitation of the prime minister, Helen Clark, and will visit Wellington next week for talks with her government.