24 Mar 2015

Tokelau elders unsure on Change Management Plan

8:59 pm on 24 March 2015

The council of village elders, or Taupulega, on Tokelau have until the end of April to submit amendments on the government's Change Management Plan.

The Plan is aiming to improve the delivery of services on Tokelau but the Taupulega raised concerns at the impact it could have on their villages.

The general manager of Tokelau's Apia office, Joe Suveinakama, says the Taupulega want to see improved service delivery but feel some of the changes could impinge on traditional institutions.

But he says there is a lot of community backing for the proposed changes.

"What we actually hear from the community is that they are very much of the Change Plan in terms of service delivery at village level where Tokelau does not have the capacity, so yes there is actually a kind of positiveness in this report. Everyone is quite excited about it."

Joe Suveinakama says the Taupulega are to report back to the General Fono at the end of April highlighting amendments they would like.