2017 ended on a positive note for the Met Office of Tokelau with the re-establishment of a fully functional office for Tokelau in December.
The Pacific Meteorological Desk Partnership (PMDP) officially handed over Meteorological instruments to the newly established Met office of Tokelau, leading to the re-establishment of Meteorological monitoring programs for the island atoll.
Residents of Nukunonu Atoll in Tokelau now have the skills to conduct Environment Impact Assessments (EIA) following training coordinated by SPREP.
An EIA systematically helps to assess the impact of any development upon the environment before a decision is made. It recommends the best steps to take in planned a development while maintaining environmental integrity.
The training was requested by the Nukunonu Taupulega, the governing body, through the Tokelau Director of Economic Development, Natural Resources & Environment. Mr Mika Perez.
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SUVA, 30 October 2015 – Building local disaster resilience is a matter of survival for the people of Tokelau, whose sole link to the rest of the world is a fortnightly boat service that takes 24 hours to their nearest neighbor, Samoa.
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Tokelau is one of the smallest, most remote countries on the planet. With no ports, harbours, or airstrips, Tokelau is only serviced by a multi-day ferry from Samoa, which has to be met by barges from the atolls to transfer cargo and passengers.
The Director of Health in Tokelau says over 200 people have had chikungunya since August but the peak of the outbreak is over now with no new cases in the past few days.
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Tokelau National Games for this year is cancelled as a result of the Chikungunya virus epidemic in the islands.
“The executive board members decision to cancel the games due to the epidemic was not a difficult one. The health of our people and the containment of the epidemic were the two driving factors of the board’s decision”, Sports Coordinator, Susan Perez says.
“A state of emergency was declared on the island where the games were to be hosted, so it was only fitting that that it needed to be cancelled”, she added.
Tokelau’s furthest island, Atafu will soon be home to swamp mangroves from Fiji - provided by the Secretariat of the Pacific Commission (SPC).
The introduction of the plant to Tokelau is part of the Coastal and Land Management project in partnership with Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Tokelau Government.
The plant benefits Tokelau in many ways. It has the potential to enhance various environmental areas. It’s ideal for access to fisheries, protection from erosion and extreme weather events, among other benefits.
31 July 2014, Nadi Fiji - In 2011 Tokelau was caught unprepared by a drought which led to water rationing for a month with 75% of households with no water and communal tanks with a mere 30% capacity of remaining water at the very bottom of the tank, the dirtiest and most unsafe water unsafe for consumption.
Fast forward three years to today.
If struck by a drought again, this time Tokelau will be better prepared having received support from the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change-Plus (PACC+) project.
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Families on the remote Pacific island of Tokelau continued to have enough fresh water in the past year after a prolonged period of drought in the region, thanks to AusAID support.
The Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project Plus (PACC+) program focuses on enhancing the ability of people to deal with the negative impacts of climate change such as continued droughts.
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There's been drought breaking rain in Tokelau .... so much that they've ended their state of emergency imposed because of the severe water shortage.
A new campaign will be launched in the islands to try to get people to permantly reduce their water use.
Speaker:Joe Suveinakama, Apia-based administrator for the Tokelau government
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The US Coastguard has delivered fresh water to drought hit atolls in Tokelau.
The cutter Walnut, which has its own desalination unit, has also brought water provided by New Zealand to the three islands which make up the New Zealand territory, Atafu, Nukunonu and Fakaofo.
Presenter: Bruce Hill
Presenter: Filipo Lui, President of the Tokelauan community in the Hutt Valley, near Wellington
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Samoa will ship almost 100 000 litters of water to Tokelau this weekend on the Samoa express ferry.
Tokelau's three atolls are located about 480 kilometres north of Samoa.
But while Tokelau's residences are getting assistance, Samoans are facing their own water challenges.
Presenter: Kate McPherson Speaker: Ekiumeni Fauolo, Acting Managing Director of Samoa Water Authority
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Tokelau has been without rain for so long they've had to hire ships to bring water from Samoa.
The three remote atolls comprising the New Zealand territory have not had any rain for five months, and villages have less than twenty per cent of water remaining in their tanks.
New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully says Tokelau has less than a week's worth of drinking water left.
Presenter: Bruce Hill
Speaker: Jovilisi Suveinakama, General Manager of the Tokelau Liaison Office in Samoa
A joint New Zealand and United States operation is underway to provide emergency water supplies to drought-stricken Tokelau, Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully announced today.
“A severe La Nina weather pattern is operating in the Pacific region resulting in very low rainfall for many areas,” said Mr MrCully.
“Tokelau is entirely reliant on rainwater collection and is therefore severely impacted when drought conditions occur – current information suggests there’s less than a week’s supply,” he said.
New Zealand-funded relief supplies will be shipped to cyclone-hit Tokelau from Samoa as soon as they can be purchased and loaded, Aid Minister Marian Hobbs said today.
"The three atolls of Tokelau were hit hard by Cyclone Percy over the weekend," Marian Hobbs said. "Damage is still being assessed but we know that much of Nukunonu was under water at one stage, and buildings and crops have been affected.
"We can only be thankful that at this stage there has been no suggestion of any deaths or serious injuries.
Cyclonic system 07P has now been named Cyclone Heta. It is moving very slowly east-northeast and is now located 200 km northwest of Nukunonu in Tokelau. It has slowly intensified to a "barely Level 1" cyclone and is likely to continue to slowly strengthen. Low level gales and squalls are spreading over Tokelau's 3 island groups (Atafu, Nukunonu and Fakaofo) and are likely to continue into Saturday. The current track of the storm which still turns it sharply south brings it west of Samoa by Sunday afternoon as a Level 1-2 cyclone and then into Tongan territory.