te po tahuri atu (matariki) wrote in nz_in_the_world,
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The decolonisation of Tokelau

There's an interesting article in this week's listener that says Tokelauans aren't seeking the independence that the NZ government is forcing on them. I was a little surprised at first but it makes perfect sense; if Tokelau became an independent state it would have the second smallest population in the world (although the smallest, the Vatican, isn't really comparable), and the third smallest land mass (after the Vatican and Monaco).
If you look at the list of UN listed colonies you'll see that NZ has the dubious distinction of being one of only four colonising powers. I don't know how this list was concocted since Tibet and many other 'colonies' aren't on it, but this list seems to have a lot more power than it deserves.
What do you think the NZ government should do about Tokelau?
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