5 Mar 2012

Tokelau's new leader in New Zealand for ferry talks

6:32 am on 5 March 2012

Tokelau's new Ulu or leader, Faipule Keli Hiano Kalolo, is in New Zealand this week for discussions about a replacement ferry.

The New Zealand government first revealed plans for a replacement for Tokelau's only means of transport, MV Tokelau, which is more than 20-years-old, in 2005.

The head of Tokelau's public service, Joe Suveinakama, says the rest of the six-member council are accompanying Mr Kalolo on his visit to Wellington.

"As the Ulu he takes on the position of foreign affairs, he's responsible for Tokelau's foreign relations, especially with New Zealand and he takes on the judiciary, he's minister for justice and also community-based organisations."

Joe Suveinakama says the Ulu and the council will also be attending a commemoration of the MV Joyita, which mysteriously lost its passengers and crew in 1955.