Tokelauan people in New Zealand

  • In 2001, 88 percent of Tokelauan adults reported involvement in unpaid or voluntary activities in the four weeks preceding the census – either inside or outside the home. This work included household work, looking after a child or ill person, as well as working for a community group.
  • The New Zealand-born Tokelauan population was more likely to be involved in unpaid work (90 percent) than overseas-born Tokelauans (86 percent).
  • Tokelauan women were more likely to participate in all categories of unpaid work than Tokelauan men, except for voluntary work for an organisation, as figure 7.1 illustrates.
  • Household work, including cooking, repairs and gardening, is the most common category of unpaid work, as figure 7.1 shows. In 2001, 87 percent of Tokelauan women and 82 percent of Tokelauan men reported participation in these activities.
  • Looking after a child in the home was the next most common category (54 percent of Tokelauan women and 46 percent of Tokelauan men) – with the relatively youthful Tokelauan population being a contributing factor.