Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Minister honoured to represent NZ in Tokelau visit


Hon Kris Faafoi

Minister of Civil Defence

28 September 2018

PĀNUI PĀPĀHO

MEDIA STATEMENT

Minister honoured to represent New Zealand on first Tokelau visit in more than a decade

Minister of Civil Defence Hon Kris Faafoi will visit Tokelau next week, the first visit by a New Zealand Government minister since 2004.

Mr Faafoi, whose parents left Tokelau to settle in New Zealand in the 1960s, will spend three days in the islands. He will meet with each atoll’s Taupulega (village council) and community members, and see progress on New Zealand-funded projects.

The visit is part of the Government’s recently announced shift in New Zealand’s strategic approach to the Pacific, known as the Pacific Reset.

“We want to build deeper partnerships in the Pacific, and work more closely with our Pacific neighbours on issues we all face, such as climate change resilience, good governance, health, education, gender, youth and human rights,” said Mr Faafoi.

“It’s really a special honour for me to undertake this trip, both as a member of the coalition government that has enabled a really positive Pacific reset, and as the son of proud Tokelauan parents – I am truly honoured.”

Mr Faafoi will visit village project sites, such as the new hospital in Fakaofo, staff housing near the hospital in Nukunonu, and the administration building on Atafu.

He will see the upgrade of the wharf and reef passage on Atafu, the first of the four sites where these facilities are being rebuilt to improve safety and enable a new inter-atoll vessel to enter into service. In addition to providing local search and rescue capability, this vessel will provide more frequent transport between Tokelau’s three atolls. It is being built by ICON Custom Boats with funding from New Zealand’s Maritime Safety Programme.



The trip to Tokelau will follow a stop in Apia, Samoa, where Mr Faafoi will meet with Deputy Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa and visit the National Emergency Operating Centre. Mr Faafoi will then travel to Tokelau on board the HMNZS Otago, which is in the Pacific undertaking Operation Calypso, a five month mission to conduct Resource and Border Protection tasking and defence diplomacy in the South West Pacific, supporting wider New Zealand Government initiatives.

Tokelau is a non-self governing territory and part of the Realm of New Zealand.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK


Fair Pay Agreements Good: CTU Releases Report On Sector Bargaining

The Council of Trade Unions has today released an independent report conducted by economic research company BERL into the validity of sector bargaining.

And the findings are clear - there is no economic reason not to implement sector bargaining but many social and individual wellbeing reasons to do so. More>>

 

Goldsmith New National Finance Spokesperson: Amy Adams To Leave Politics In 2020

Amy Adams has announced she will retire from politics at the 2020 election and as a consequence of that decision she has chosen to stand down from the spokesperson roles she holds in the Party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Government's Cosmetic Banking Reforms

The elephant in the room as the government carries out its latest bout of tinkerings with our banking practice is the extraordinary level of profit-taking still being extracted by the Australian Banking Gang from ordinary New Zealanders. Yes indeed, ... More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Offensive Language, Misuse Of Pepper Spray

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that, following a pursuit in Auckland, a man was dealt with inappropriately and unprofessionally by a Police officer during his arrest. More>>

ALSO:

Stats NZ: Gender Inclusive Questions Introduced

More than 28,000 New Zealand households will be asked to take part in the upcoming Household Economic Survey. Starting this year, the survey will ask people to describe their gender – whether that is male, female, or if they see themselves another way, such as one of many non-binary genders. More>>

New Report: Are We Listening To Children?

A report released today is a sharp reminder that what children and young people say makes a difference, and that it’s time we paid more attention to their views, says Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft. More>>

ALSO:

The Nation: Canadian Euthanasia Practitioner Stefanie Green

The euthanasia debate is progressing, with the End of Life Choice Bill expected to have its second reading in Parliament on Wednesday. A similar bill was passed in Canada in 2016 ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Gun Buy-Back Scheme

Do gun amnesties and buy-backs save lives? Since it’s always difficult to exclude all of the socio-economic factors that may be operating in parallel, the die-hard denialists in the gun lobby will always be able to find a bit of wiggle room. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels