Tokelau Wharfs and Reef Channels
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Tokelau, New Zealand
Helping the tiny nation of Tokelau to improve safety for transferring passengers and goods.
Tokelau is one of the most remote nations in the world. It consists of three atolls and has no port facilities or an airport. The only way to reach the islands is by transfer from ships to small barges that navigate through narrow channels cut into the coral reefs. Transfers are highly subject to weather and can be dangerous because of the waves that break into the channels causing choppy conditions and unpredictable currents.
The Tokelau Government sought help from the New Zealand Government to improve safety for transferring passengers and goods through the four reef channels on Atafu, Nukunonu and Fakaofo.