15 Sep 2007

NZ officials will monitor Tokelau referendum next month

9:50 am on 15 September 2007

New Zealand officials will head to the Pacific territory of Tokelau next month to monitor a referendum on its future.

The people of Tokelau will decide whether it should become a nation of self-government, in free association with New Zealand.

At the moment, Tokelau is administered by New Zealand.

A referendum in February last year failed to meet the required two-thirds majority to change the status of the territory.

The new referendum is set down for four days starting on October the 20th.