15 May 2013

Tokelau's Apia office to be moved back to the atolls

2:32 pm on 15 May 2013

Tokelau is considering how to move its administration office in Apia in Samoa back to the atolls.

The office was set up to improve the remote atolls' ability to communicate with the outside world but the manager, Joe Suveinakama, says there is a push to take the staff and the services back to Tokelau.

He says during consultations last week between the Council for the Ongoing Government and the villagers, the country's leader, the Ulu o Tokelau, Salesio Lui, spoke of 'bringing home the catch'.

Mr Suveinakama says the location of the office in Apia has long been an outstanding issue for Tokelauans and moving it back has frequently been debated.

"Over the years there have been a lot of reasons why we should not - this is due to infrastructure and transport capacities, or limitations in those capacities, but I think the villagers said it is about time that we all work on a 'coral upwards' approach. Let's all work together and see how we can address Tokelau's future from here."