13 Jun 2012

NZ says it's working on long-term transport deal for Tokelau

1:54 pm on 13 June 2012

The New Zealand government says it is working on providing longer term transport solutions for Tokelau.

In addition to a two-year leased ferry which will begin operations later this month, the government is to provide funding for a purpose built vessel to come into service in 2014.

The foreign minister Murray McCully says the transport package is aimed at supporting the social and economic development of Tokelau.

He says it will also investigate the construction of a small coral runway on Nukunonu, and develop safe and effective ship to shore operations.