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|Aspect ratio:||1: 2|
|Officially accepted:||October 22, 2009|
The introduction of the Tokelau flag and other new national symbols was decided on May 29, 2008 at a session of the regional parliament ( General Fono ).
However, the New Zealand government had to approve the draft before it was officially introduced . The flag was officially presented to New Zealand's Governor General Anand Satyanand on September 7, 2009. The flag was first hoisted in front of the New Zealand Parliament on October 22, 2009 .
Description and meaning
- official blazon
- German translation
The blue of the Tokelau flag corresponds to the blue of the flag of New Zealand . The information in HTML , RGB , CMYK and as Pantone color does not represent exactly the same color, but only approximately correspond to one another.
|blue||280C||# 006666||0 - 0 - 102||100 - 70 -0 - 20|
|yellow||109C||# FFE600||255 - 230 -0||0 - 10 - 100 - 0|
|White||1C||#FFFFFF||255-255-255||0 - 0 - 0 - 0|
Since Tokelau is currently a dependent territory of New Zealand, only the New Zealand flag originally had official status on the archipelago. In 1989 an unofficial draft was presented. The three stars symbolized the three islands that make up Tokelau.
Finally, a political process was set in motion that was to finally determine Tokelau's future political status. At the same time, an ideas competition for the national symbols of the archipelago was announced. In two referendums on Tokelau's self-determination (February 2006 and October 2007), however, the independence advocates were unable to achieve the necessary two-thirds majority of votes for their cause, which meant that the previous status quo was maintained.
In June 2007 the regional parliament had already decided on the future symbols of an independent Tokelau. The proposal was already similar to the current version. However, the four stars were arranged according to the geographical location of the islands, which in addition to the three actual Tokelaus islands also included Swains Island . This belongs to the same chain of islands and is culturally closely linked to Tokelau, but politically it is part of American Samoa . Since the 2007 independence referendum narrowly failed, this flag was never introduced either.
Together with the other new national symbols, the current Tokelau flag was finally adopted at a session of the regional parliament ( General Fono ) on May 29, 2008. However, the New Zealand government had to approve the draft before it was officially introduced. The official presentation of the flag to the Governor General took place on September 7, 2009. and the flag received its validity on October 22, 2009.
In 1989, an unofficial flag design was presented. It shows an atoll in yellow on a blue background, interrupted by a palm tree in green and three white stars, which are supposed to represent Atafu , Nukunonu and Fakaofo .
In June 2007, the regional parliament decided on the future symbols of the Tokelau. The design was already similar to the current version. However, the four stars were arranged according to the geographical location of the islands, including Swains Island , which is geographically and culturally part of the Tokelau Islands chain, but is politically part of American Samoa . Since the 2007 independence referendum narrowly failed, this draft was never introduced either.
- Tokelau (New Zealand) ( English ) In: Flags of the World . Retrieved December 13, 2010.
- Tokelau leaders presented with their new flag in Wellington ( English ) In: Radio New Zealand . Retrieved December 13, 2010.
- New flag for Tokelau flies at Parliament ( English ) In: Pacific Scoop . Retrieved December 13, 2010.
- Tokelau's flag and national symbol ( English ) In: New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade . Archived from the original on July 27, 2014. Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved December 13, 2010.
- Bulletin of May 29, 2008 ( English ) Official website of the Tokelau Council of Ongoing Government. May 29, 2008. Retrieved June 13, 2008.
- Radio New Zealand, September 7, 2009, Tokelau leaders presented with their new flag in Wellington
- Only the right half is occupied by a photo.