It is the 3rd smallest country in the world,
after the Pitcairn Islands and Vatican City
The population of Tokelau is under 1500 people across all
Fakaofo where we live has a population of 450 approx.
You could say that Porirua where we live is the “capital city”
of Tokelau with over 1500 Tokelauans.
The highest point above sea level is only 5 metres!
The only way to or from Tokelau is by boat-over 500km from
Samoa the closest country, it is possibly the most isolated country in the
On Fakaofo there is one shop - like a store at a camp
The only mammals apart from humans that live here are cats
(Feral), pigs and mice/rats
The lowest temperature we have had in our time here in the
shade (at night) has been 26.8 degrees; the hottest again in the shade has been
36 degrees. The heat in the sun gets well above 40 degrees most days
All our water supply is from rainwater collected off the
roof into tanks built into the foundation of the house.
With fish as the staple food here (literally breakfast,
lunch and dinner!) the lagoon and ocean is the main source of food.
Communication with the outside world is limited-.- for
example the internet and international phone lines are down and have been for
two days (and counting) There is no way to contact the outside world, apart
from a satellite phone that can reach Samoa.
Mail takes 4-9 weeks from NZ to get here
A lot of the country is stunningly beautiful and untouched
It is the first country in the world to be completely Solar
A cell tower is currently being built to provide cell-phone
telecommunication for the first time.
There is no postal address as such because of the small
population, a name and the atoll the person is living on is enough.
Women are not allowed to buy alcohol, men are allowed 3
bottles a day.
Cigarettes are only $6 a packet- 20’s, a significant majority
of adults here smoke.
Tokelau is the 1st country in the world to fully
ban fizzy drinks! They received W.H.O award for this achievement.
Tokelau along with
Tuvalu and Kiribati are the Pacific countries most likely to become uninhabitable
by climate change within the next 50 years. The sea would only need to rise 1
meter to make life here virtually impossible