Milestone as NZ gifts new passenger ferry to Tokelau
Quoting Radio New Zealand – 7 December 2018
“New Zealand has formally handed over a new vessel to Tokelau to serve as a small passenger ferry between the territory's three atolls.
“The new $860,000 boat will also serve as an emergency-response vessel.
“New Zealand's Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters formally gifted the 13m boat to representatives from Tokelau at a ceremony in Lyttleton this morning.
“The vessell was funded by New Zealand aid through the Pacific Maritime Safety Programme and has been named Fetu o te Moana (Star of the Sea).
“Representatives from Tokelau's government and all three of its atolls were at the gifting ceremony, as well as Minister for Pacific Peoples Kris Faafoi.
“The Ulu o Tokelau, Hon Afega Gaualofa, said it was an honour to be in New Zealand on yet another exciting occasion in relation to Tokelau's development - and in particular, Tokelau's transport sector.
"Tokelau's transport plan is about ensuring our people receive equal opportunity of productivity and prosperity... all of these opportunities help us meet our strategic goal of improved quality of life for all our people," he said.
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