16 Aug 2017

Tokelau helicopter purchase part of plan NZ were aware of

From , 3:02 pm on 16 August 2017

Tokelau's suspended public service general manager says last year's controversial purchase of helicopters was self-funded by the territory and had nothing to do with New Zealand.

The purchase sparked an outcry from New Zealand which imposed a spending freeze on the Tokelau government.

Jovilisi Suveinakama and Tokelau's director of finance Heto Puka were suspended in April pending the outcome of an investigation into their actions regarding the purchase.

Mr Suveinakama told Dominic Godfrey the helicopters were part of the air services component of a strategic plan agreed in 2015 which New Zealand was aware of.

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Photo: RNZI / Koro Vaka'uta