13 Jun 2012

NZ working on transport solutions for Tokelau

10:52 pm on 13 June 2012

The New Zealand Government says it is working on providing longer term transport solutions for Tokelau.

In addition to a two-year leased ferry, which will begin operations later in June, the Government is to provide funding for a purpose-built vessel to come into service in 2014.

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says the transport package is aimed at supporting the social and economic development of Tokelau.

Mr McCully says it will also investigate the construction of a small coral runway on Nukunonu and develop safe and effective ship-to-shore operations.