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Foua Toloa

Incumbent
Assumed office 
February 21, 2009
Preceded by Pio Tuia
Constituency Fakaofo

Political party No Political Party

Foua Toloa is a Tokelauan politician who has served as the Head of the Government of Tokelau, or Ulu, since February 21, 2009. He is a member of the Council for the Ongoing Government of Tokelau, and is a faipule on Fakaofo.

Head of Government

During a trip to Tokelauan communities of New Zealand in September 2009, Toloa advocated a return to observer representation in the Tokelau Fono for Tokelauans living overseas.[1] Toloa stated that bring back representation for Tokelauans abroad would allow the diaspora contribute to decisions important to the future of their homeland.[1] Toloa noted that it would be possible for overseas representatives to meet in Apia, Samoa, rather than Tokelau for easier travel.[1] "Every General Fono once or twice a year they would come in as representatives to the General Fono, not as delegates but as observers and they can voice their opinion in terms of issues that are discussed with the General Fono, but when it comes to the voting , they re not allowed to vote.”[1] Toloa visit to New Zealand was part of a series of discussions with Tokelauan communities living in New Zealand and Australia.[1]

Ulu Toloa expressed disappointment with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and the leaders of other developed countries for prioritizing economic concerns over the reduction of carbon emissions at the 2009 APEC summit in Singapore.[2] World leaders at the APEC meeting failed to set a specific target for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and, instead, called for an "ambitious outcome" at the December 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.[2]

Toloa criticized Prime Minister Key for placing pressing economic concerns ahead environmental issues, including the long term survival of small island states.[2] Toloa told Radio New Zealand International, "That the impact on nations such as ours threatens our livelihood and existence as a people, I think the Prime Minister understood our position and stated as much. However, in the mix of things it would seem that other priorities such as establishing a free trade policy to promote new economic growth takes precedent at this time."[2]

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