23 Jul 2019

Jacinda Ardern to visit Tokelau

1:58 pm on 23 July 2019

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will visit Tokelau this weekend.

Prime MInister Jacinda Ardern at Parliament 21 May 2019.

Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas

It's the first trip to the territory by a prime minister since Helen Clark in 2004 and comes as part of the government's Pacific Reset strategy.

Announcing details of the trip on Monday, Ms Ardern acknowledged 15 years was a long time.

"Tokelau's remoteness and perhaps difficulty in accessing it has meant that it's not had the attention that it deserves. Particularly as it is at significant risk of devastating impacts linked to climate change."

Jacinda Ardern said she will visit Tokelau's three atolls and discuss priorities on climate change, health, education and culture.

She will be there until 1 August.

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