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.
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