Wealth and poverty
Tokelau relies heavily on aid from New Zealand, which makes up 96% of its budget. Money is also remitted to families from relatives in New Zealand.
Education and work
There are three schools in Tokelau, one on each atoll. All schools offer free and compulsory education from early childhood to year 11. The national curriculum aims to achieve quality and recognise indigenous identity.
Most people are employed by the government as public servants. Others perform agricultural tasks such as fishing and food production, as well as handicraft production and local village management.
Industries and products
Tokelau’s small size, isolation, and lack of resources greatly restrict economic development and confine agriculture to the subsistence level.
Agricultural products include coconuts, copra, breadfruit, papayas, bananas, pigs, poultry, goats and fish. Industry includes small-scale enterprises for copra production, woodworking, woven palm leaf goods, stamps, coins and fishing.
New Zealand is Tokelau’s main trading partner, with export commodities including stamps, copra and handicrafts and import commodities being foodstuffs, building materials and fuel.