Tokelau Act 1948

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Tokelau Act 1948

Public Act1948 No 24
Date of assent29 October 1948

Note

This Act is administered in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade


An Act to provide for the incorporation of Tokelau as part of New Zealand, and to make provision for its government

  • In the Short Title of this Act the word Islands was omitted by section 2(2) of the Tokelau Amendment Act 1976, and in the Title the words Tokelau and its were substituted for the words the Tokelau Islands and their respectively by section 3(1)(a) of that Act.

  • Preamble

    WHEREAS by an Order of His Majesty in Council dated the 29th day of February 1916, and published in the Western Pacific High Commission Gazette on the 5th day of May 1916, certain islands in the Pacific Ocean known as the Tokelau Islands and also known as the Union Islands (hereinafter referred to as Tokelau) were annexed to His Majesty's dominions, and the boundaries of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony were extended so as to include Tokelau: And whereas by an Order of His Majesty in Council cited as the Union Islands (No 1) Order in Council 1925 the boundaries of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony were altered so as to exclude Tokelau: And whereas by an Order of His Majesty in Council cited as the Union Islands (No 2) Order in Council 1925 the Governor-General of New Zealand was appointed Governor of Tokelau: And whereas by an Order of the Governor-General in Council cited as the Union Islands (No 1 of New Zealand) Order 1926, as amended by subsection (3) of section 3 of the Samoa Amendment Act 1947, the powers and authority of the Governor-General under the Union Islands (No 2) Order in Council 1925 were delegated to the High Commissioner of Western Samoa: And whereas it has been agreed between His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom and His Majesty's Government in New Zealand that it is expedient that Tokelau should become part of New Zealand: And whereas by an Order in Council of His Majesty cited as the Union Islands (Revocation) Order in Council 1948 provision has been made for the revocation of the Union Islands (No 2) Order in Council 1925 to take effect on a date to be fixed by Proclamation by the High Commissioner of Western Samoa after he is satisfied that legislation has been enacted by the Parliament of New Zealand providing for the incorporation of Tokelau with New Zealand:

    The references to Tokelau in square brackets were substituted for references to the Tokelau Islands by section 3(8) of the Tokelau Amendment Act 1976.