10 Aug 2009

NZ report on replacing Tokelau vessel said to be due shortly

10:55 am on 10 August 2009

The New Zealand Government says it's keen to see progress on replacing an aging ferry in Tokelau and a report is due shortly.

The sinking of the Princess Ashika in Tonga has drawn attention to other ferries operating in the Pacific.

Tokelau's people are New Zealand citizens and depend entirely on the exisiting boat, the MV Tokelau, for transport and supplies.

Tokelau has no airstrip and the boat trip from Samoa takes about 30 hours.

New Zealand's Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, says he's expecting a report in the next few weeks.