Originally settled by
Polynesian emigrants from surrounding island
groups, the Tokelau Islands were made a British protectorate in 1889.
They were transferred to New Zealand administration in 1925. Referenda
held in 2006 and 2007 to change the status of the islands from that of
a New Zealand territory to one of free association with New Zealand did
not meet the needed threshold for approval.
Location – Oceania, group of
three atolls in the South Pacific Ocean, about one-half of the way from
Hawaii to New Zealand