The "no" vote to greater self determination in Tokelau's referendum has left many surprised by the outcome.
Only 64.4 per cent voted in favour of self government in free association with New Zealand and a two thirds majority of 66.6 per cent was needed.
The NZ administrator of Tokelau, David Payton says the result indicates the people of Tokelau need more time to work with each other to find an agreed way forward for the nation.
And he says there won't be one single cause behind the lack of majority support
"Why people voted the way they did, it could have been any of many many reasons and I will firmly believe if you took a poll across the electorate now and asked people why, a lot will have to do with issues other than the question on the ballot paper."
The NZ administrator of Tokelau, David Payton.