Tokelau Prioritizes Health, Education After Solar Success

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Government to focus on healthy lifestyles, service delivery

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Oct. 31, 2012) – The head of Tokelau’s public service, Joe Suveinakama, says health and education are eventually priorities from the savings made on fuel, now the territory has switched completely to solar power.

Since Monday all three atolls have been plugged into a new solar energy plant built with a 5.7 million U.S. dollar advance from New Zealand.

Mr. Suveinakama says the money saved amounts to about 800,000 U.S. dollars a year in fuel and transport but it will take five to seven years to pay off the plant built by New Zealand company Powersmart.

He says the switch to 100 percent renewable energy has been a big boost to morale and people are proud of what’s been achieved.

"The future Tokelau will be about problem solving, getting practical people, getting teachers, getting nurses and continue development. For health we want to address NCDs, we want to address lifestyle issues and currently Tokelau is beginning to discuss its future."

Jo Suveinakama says the switchover will encourage the better delivery of other services to villages.

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