Tokelau

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Tokelau consists of three coral atolls in the Pacific Ocean. This set covers important information about Tokelau’s culture, history, and language, including its relationship with New Zealand and the threats it faces from rising sea levels. SCIS no: 1943279

social_sciences, arts, history, health, science, technology

Atoll landscape, Atafu, Tokelau

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

O Mata! Tokelau Dance Group, 2010

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Arriving in New Zealand, 1970

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Weaving in Tokelau: Novena's story

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

UN-supervised referendum, Tokelau

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Mythology - Ethnology of Tokelau Islands

Victoria University of Wellington

Sacred Food - Ethnology of Tokelau Islands

Victoria University of Wellington

Tokelau first day cover

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Inati ceremony - food division, Nukunonu Atoll, Tokelau

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Tokelau Islands, Rebuilding a Fale.

Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga

Te Vaka

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Woman cooking, Fakaofo, Tokelau

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Tokelau in 2019

Radio New Zealand

150% Energy Independent

Radio New Zealand

Dancers from Tokelau

Dressed for the occasion, these Tokelauan dancers perform the fatele at the 8th Pacific Arts Festival in New Caledonia in 2008. Held every four years, the festival brings together an appreciation for arts, crafts and performances from around the Pacific region.

Little boy walking in front of Tokelau performers at the 8th Festival of Pacific Arts, Noumea, New Caledonia

Alexander Turnbull Library

The Cobhams visit Tokelau

People from Tokelau are known for their hospitality. Here they are seen carrying Governor-General Lord Cobham and Lady Cobham from the ferry to dry land. The ship that carried them to Tokelau can be seen in the background. Coral reefs prevent ships from coming any closer to the atolls. Lord Cobham became Governor-General of New Zealand on 5 September 1957. This occasion could have been part of their tour of the Pacific Islands between 1957 to 1962.

Lord and Lady Cobham arriving at Atafu Island, Tokelau

Alexander Turnbull Library

Nukunonu

Tokelau consists of three atolls, of which Nukunonu is the largest. It lies between the atolls of Atafu and Fakaofo. Atolls are close spaced coral reefs or islands surrounding a lagoon. Atolls originally develop from volcanic eruptions. Many Pacific low-lying islands and atolls are being threatened by rising sea levels due to global warming.

Nukunonu, Tokelau.

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Visitors carried ashore

This image from 1964 shows Sir Bernard, his wife Lady Laura Fergusson and their son being brought ashore on a litter. Tokelau was under British protection from 1877. Administration of Tokelau was then passed on to New Zealand in 1926. While it was declared to be part of New Zealand in 1949, Tokelau has its own political system including a National Legislative body and an Executive Council.

Sir Bernard Fergusson and his family carried ashore, Tokelau

Alexander Turnbull Library

Living in Wellington

Tokelauans are citizens of New Zealand and have full right to enter, live and enjoy the same benefits as any New Zealander. Many Tokelauans, like the group in this photograph from 1964, made Wellington their home.

Tokelauan group who came to live in Wellington

Alexander Turnbull Library

Coconut grove

sailor catches up with three Tokelauans in a coconut grove. In the background is a large dwelling centre or main meeting house. The roof looks like it is thatched with coconut fronds. Coconut trees found all over the islands are used extensively for food and handicrafts.

Agate, Alfred T 1812-1846 :Cocoanut grove at Fakaafo or Bowditch I. / painted by A.T.Agate; engr. by J Smillie. Philadelphia, [s.n.], 1849.

Alexander Turnbull Library

Haven of rest

Dr Hoare and a trader were the only white men residing in Tokelau in 1914 when the islands were under British annexation. Their racist opinion then was that the people were lazy but peaceful and with little interest in progress. Tokelau was part of a group called the Union Islands. The three islands of Tokelau were called Bowditch (Fakaofo), Duke of Clarence (Nukunonu) and (Atafu) Duke of York.

A HAVEN OF REST. (Mataura Ensign 9-1-1914)

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Tokelau Stamps

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Tokelau dictionary

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Bonito fishing

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Climate Change

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Photos from Nukunonu

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Water is rising

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Fakaofo handicrafts

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Tokelauans

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Scenes of Fakaofo atoll, Tokelau

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Tokelau medley

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Pacific migrations

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VAKA

The Coconet TV

The Waka Tapu voyage

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Tuluma (fishing tackle box)

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Tokelau

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Waka hourua (TMCC2)

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Magō!

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