A minister in Tokelau has been stood down from his portfolios after problems between him and the New Zealand government.
Foua Toloa had held the finance and transport portfolios, which have been transferred to the current leader, or Ulu of Tokelau, Kelisiano Kalolo.
The head of Tokelau's public service, Joe Suveinakama, says the territory's leadership council has been working closely with the New Zealand government to find ways to move some projects forward.
"Due to the relationship between Tokelau and New Zealand, there was some issues between the Minister of Foreign Affairs and also Ulu O Tokelau, it was best that the Faipule of Fakaofo would stand down in the meantime. It has got to do with shipping decisions. There are issues that there may have actually been differences, and I guess that's putting the relationship in an unusual state."
The head of Tokelau's public service, Joe Suveinakama, says the leaders of Tokelau want to work closely with New Zealand, but are also sensitive to the unity of the council members.