An academic says New Zealand has to ensure its aid to Tokelau helps the remote atoll group where it counts.
This comes after two senior civil servants were sacked for their supposed role in the purchase of two helicopters to service the island.
The pair was investigated after New Zealand's previous National-led government became dissatisfied with the deal.
Massey University Pasifika Centre director, Malakai Koloamatangi, said the public servants cannot be blamed for a decision made by politicians.
He argues the bigger issue for Tokelau is its need for improved transport links, saying an air service would be ideal.
According to him, this would improve communications dramatically.
"So I think New Zealand has to bite the bullet here and look seriously at how it can help Tokelau to overcome the deficit of the distance from major islands, which is Samoa. It provides the gateway to and from Tokelau," said Malakai Koloamatangi.
Last week New Zealand committed an extra $US15.1 million to Tokelau for a new undersea internet cable.
This followed a $US10.8 million paycheck for "ship-to-shore" infrastructure signed off last month.