The Ulu of Tokelau says it is for the government to make decisions and not public servants.
Siopili Perez issued a statement while an inquiry continues into the actions of two suspended public servants who had been working at the administration office in Samoa.
The duo were strongly critical of the Tokelau and New Zealand governments, defending their support for the purchase of two helicopters to service the atolls.
Controversy over the helicopter purchase had led to the inquiry and suspension.
The Ulu states that leaders govern and decide policy while public servants give advice.
An advisor to Mr Perez, Tino Vitale, explained this position further to Don Wiseman.