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Tokelau

Territory of ‌New Zealand
Flag of Tokelau Symbol of Tokelau
Motto
Tokelau mo te Atua
Tokelau for the Almighty
Anthem
God Save The Queen
Map of Tokelau
CapitalNukunonu
Government Constitutional monarchy
Head of State
- From 1949Queen Elizabeth II
Administrator
- From 2011Jonathan Kings
Head of Government
- From 2011Kuresa Nasau
Legislature Parliament
History
January 1, 1949Incorporated into New Zealand
Area10 km²
Population
- 20091,416
 Density141.6/km²
GDP2009 (PPP)
- TotalUS$ 0 billion
- Per capitaUS$ 1,035
CurrencyNew Zealand dollar
Flag of None Western Samoa
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Tokelau is a territory of the Realm of New Zealand, located in Polynesia.


Background

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.[1]

Economy

Tokelau's small size (three villages), isolation, and lack of resources greatly restrain economic development and confine agriculture to the subsistence level. The people rely heavily on aid from New Zealand - about $10 million annually in 2008 and 2009 - to maintain public services. New Zealand's support amounts to 80% of Tokelau's recurrent government budget. An international trust fund, currently worth nearly US$32 million, was established in 2004 to provide Tokelau an independent source of revenue. The principal sources of revenue come from sales of copra, postage stamps, souvenir coins, and handicrafts. Money is also remitted to families from relatives in New Zealand.[2]

Head of State

  • Queen Elizabeth II () (January 1, 1949 - )

Administrator

  • Jonathan Kings () (January 1, 2011 - )

Head of Government

  • Kuresa Nasau () (February 1, 2011 - )

Nation

New Zealand Polities

Neighbouring Nations

References

  1. The CIA World Factbook: Introduction - Background
  2. The CIA World Factbook: Economy - Overview

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