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Tokelau

Background

Tokelau

Originally settled by Polynesian emigrants from surrounding island groups, the Tokelau Islands were made a British protectorate in 1889. They were transferred to New Zealand administration in 1925. Referenda held in 2006 and 2007 to change the status of the islands from that of a New Zealand territory to one of free association with New Zealand did not meet the needed threshold for approval.

About

Tokelau is in Polynesia, a group of three atolls about half way between Hawaii to New Zealand.

Read more about Tokelau in our Tokelau travel guide »

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Tokelau

Location

Oceania, group of three atolls in the South Pacific Ocean, about one-half of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand

Geographic coordinates

9 00 S, 172 00 W

Area comparative

about 17 times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC

Coastline

101 km

Climate

tropical; moderated by trade winds (April to November)

Terrain

low-lying coral atolls enclosing large lagoons

Lowest point

Pacific Ocean 0 m

Highest point

unnamed location 5 m

Natural resources

NEGL

Population

1,400 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Polynesian

Religions

Congregational Christian Church 70%, Roman Catholic 28%, other 2%

Languages

Tokelauan (a Polynesian language), English

Government type

NA

Independence

none (territory of New Zealand)

National holiday

Waitangi Day (Treaty of Waitangi established British sovereignty over New Zealand), 6 February (1840)

Chief of state

Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor General of New Zealand Anand SATYANAND (since 23 August 2006); New Zealand is represented by Administrator David PAYTON (since 17 October 2006)

Head of government

Foua TOLOA (since 21 February 2009); note - position rotates annually among the 3 Faipule (village leaders)

Internet country code

.tk

Internet users

800 (2008)

Ports and terminals

none; offshore anchorage only

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