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Apia, 15 September 2014
In October this year, 30 Pacific Climate Warriors from 12 different islands will arrive on Australian shores to stand up to the coal and gas industry. They will use the canoes they have built to paddle out into the harbour of the world’s largest coal port – Newcastle – to stop coal exports for a day.
Apia, 10 September 2014
Tokelau Health Department have now confirmed that the Chikungunya virus is present in Tokelau. Ten samples tested positive from the 16 sent to the Unit of Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory in Tahiti, French Polynesia.
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Apia, 5 September 2014
Police Superintendent Murray Lewis arrived from New Zealand at the Tokelau-Apia Liaison Office today for a management briefing. He will be travelling to Tokelau next week to take charge of the Police training there. He is following up Terry Gibson in that role.
Apia, 4 September 2014
The Ulu o Tokelau and other Pacific leaders came together at an amazing closing ceremony to mark the end of the SIDS Conference. Leaders will now be returning to their respective countries with an aim to put words into action.
The Ulu headed Tokelau's delegation and was supported by the Minister of Education. Both are planning to return home on Tuesday 9 September for consultations with the villages.
Apia, 4 September 2014
Officials met at the Tokelau SIDS Engagement Room today, to discuss the way forward for the new Coalition of Atoll Nations on Climate Change (CANCC). Present were the Kiribati Ambassador and the Tuvalu Ambassador, with advisers from Tuvalu, Kiribati, and Tokelau.
CANCC wants to make the most of global forum opportunities to promote its mission and foster partnering prospects.
Apia, 3 September 2014
A major side event to this week's SIDS conference was the launch of CANCC, the Coalition of Atoll Nations on Climate Change.
This initiative by President Anote Tong of Kiribati brings together those nations that are at the forefront of climate change damage: the atolls are all so low-lying that there is nowhere to escape to when sea level rises.
Apia, 2 September 2014
This morning, the Ulu o Tokelau presented his statement at the UN-SIDS General Debate. He was able to speak for Tokelau, in the timeslot that had been allocated to New Zealand. His short, sharp and clear plea for working together as nations against the treat of climate change, and in favour of renewabele energy, was well received by delegates.
Apia, 1 September 2014
“I sit in my house, I look to the front, I see the ocean. I look to the back, I see the lagoon. Without the ocean, the people of Tokelau would not survive, we could no longer exist”. This brief statement by Tokelau Minister of Education, Saili Patea was a welcome audience contribution at a SIDS side event on the Global Ocean Commission, facilitated by SPREP.
Apia, 1 September 2014
The Ulu o Tokelau was present at the opening of the International SIDS Conference as part of the New Zealand Delegation today. He also leads the Pacific Forum Fisheries Delegation, of which Tokelau is the current Chair.
Here the Ulu shares a light moment with Samoa's Minister for Justice, the Hon Naomi Fiame Mata'afa just before the opening of the 3rd SIDS Conference.
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2014–2016 Council for the Ongoing Government of Tokelau (Cabinet)
Hon Kuresa Nasau
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Hon Siopili Perez
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The vessel, which is the only means of getting to and from the atolls, will be the first purpose built SOLAS passenger ship serving Tokelau, carrying up to 60 passengers in addition to 50 tonnes of cargo and supplies. With a design speed of 11.5 knots, the 270 nm voyage between Tokelau and Apia, Samoa will take just under 24 hours. A crane for loading/unloading cargo is also provided.
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