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Kris Faafoi to visit his motherland as Minister

28 September 2018

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

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

Mr Faafoi will spend three days in the islands where he will meet with each atoll's Taupulega or village council and community members.

The visit is part of the Government's shift in strategic approach to the Pacific, better known as the Pacific Reset.

Mr Faafoi, whose parents left Tokelau to settle in New Zealand in the 1960s, says he's honoured to be representing New Zealand in his trip to his motherland.

"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."

He will be visiting the new hospital in Fakaofo, the staff housing near the hospital in Nukunonu and the administration building on Atafu.

"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," says Faafoi.

Minister Kris Faafoi will visit Tokelau next week. Photo/ PMN.

The trip will begin with a stop in Samoa, where Mr Faafoi will meet with Deputy Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa and visit the National Emergency Operating Centre.

*Preview image: Solar Nation of Tokelau*

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