Posts Tagged ‘Tokelau’

Bible helps keep Tokelauan language alive

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Today, only 34% of Tokelauans speak their heritage language. This is why the Bible Society’s Tokelau Bible translation project is so important – it allows Tokelauans to read the Bible in their own  language and helps preserve their language and the culture. The project began in the 1990s when members of the Tokelaun expatriate community Read more

Tokelau celebrates 150 years of Catholic life

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Last month the Catholic Church in Tokelau celebrated 150 years of Catholic life. The celebration took place on the island of Nukunonu. It was attended by visitors from the other two islands that make up Tokelau, Atafu and Fakaofo, and from New Zealand, Australia and even further afield. Those who travelled to Tokelau for the Read more

Pat O’Connor RIP – parish priest of Tokelau 1987-2011

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Monsignor Patrick Edward O’Connor, long-time parish priest and first Superior of the ‘Missio Sui Iuris’ of Tokelau, one of the most isolated places on earth, died at the St Joseph’s Home of Compassion at Silverstream in New Zealand, on Wednesday 3rd December. Pat got to know the Tokelau people through the migrant Tokelau community that Read more

Water Shortage – Uniting Church support for Tuvalu

Friday, October 14th, 2011

The Australian Uniting Church support for Tuvalu  is being provided through partnership with Christian Church of Tuvalu and in close contact with church leaders in Tuvalu. The population of Tuvalu is 11,500. The Church of Tuvalu is by far the largest church, 97% of the population. Besides the small Catholic Church, less than 0.5%, there are Read more

Severe drought in the Pacific Islands

Friday, October 7th, 2011

A severe drought in the Pacific Islands has created a critical water shortage. The island groups of Tuvalu and Tokelau have declared emergencies, relying on bottled water and seeking more desalination machines. Parts of Samoa are starting to ration water. Six months of low rainfall have dried out the islands. Climate scientists say it’s part Read more