19 Oct 2012

Airway runway in Tokelau still an issue - Ulu

7:23 am on 19 October 2012

The Ulu of Tokelau says the territory is still deliberating on where to build its first airport runway.

An assessment on the environmental, social and physical impacts of an airstrip on one of the atolls will be presented at the General Fono next week.

Kelisiano Kalolo says a bigger priority is providing Tokelau with sufficient ferry services including a new vessel under the New Zealand Government's transport plan.

He says there are still issues with the airstrip plan.

"We don't have that much land on Tokelau and it's an issue having an airstrip of one thousand metres. We've got a lot of useful trees and we are also considering the ecosystems there."

The Ulu o Tokelau says some ideas being considered include sheltered runways, an airstrip on Swains Island and facilities for sea planes.