Kerisiano Kalolo

Aliki Kelihiano Kalolo,[1][2] is a Tokelauan politician who served as the Head of the Government of Tokelau, or Ulu, from February 2012 to March 2013, again from 12 March 2019 to 9 March 2020, and again from 8 March 2021. He is a member of the Council for the Ongoing Government of Tokelau, serving as Minister for Foreign Affairs, Education, Economic Development, Natural Resources and the Environment, prior to and then simultaneously to his leadership of the government. The office of Ulu rotates on an annual basis between the faipule of each of the country's three atolls; Kalolo, as faipule of Atafu, took office as Ulu for the first time in 2012.[3][4][5]

Kelihiano Kalolo
20th, 27th, and 29th Head of Government of Tokelau
Assumed office
8 March 2021
AdministratorRoss Ardern
Preceded byFofo Tuisano
In office
12 March 2019 – 9 March 2020
AdministratorRoss Ardern
Preceded byAfega Gaualofa
Succeeded byFofo Tuisano
In office
February 2012 – March 2013
AdministratorJonathan Kings
Preceded byFoua Toloa
Succeeded bySalesio Lui
Personal details
Spouse(s)Atene Kalolo

As Ulu, he oversaw the replacement of Tokelau's old ship, the MV Tokelau, which was considered no longer to be safe and seaworthy, with the newer, custom-built PB Matua, provided by New Zealand.[3][6] In June 2012, Kalolo sacked his Minister for Transport, Foua Toloa, over the latter's insistence that the MV Tokelau was still seaworthy, and New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully's indication that the New Zealand government could not work with Toloa. Toloa's portfolios (Finance, Telecommunications, Energy and Transport) were taken over by the Ulu.[6][7]

Kalolo also oversaw the small country's transition from diesel-powered energy to solar energy, implemented by a New Zealand company.[2]

In September 2012, he was appointed Chancellor of the regional University of the South Pacific.[1] Prior to becoming Ulu, he had served as the University's co-ordinator in Tokelau.[5]

His term as Ulu ends or ended in March 2013; his successor is Salesio Lui, the faipule of Nukunonu.[8]

He became Ulu again in March 2019, replacing Afega Gaualofa. He was succeeded by Fofo Esera Tuisano.

He became Ulu once again in March 2021, replacing Fofo Esera Tuisano.[9]

In 2020, Kalolo drafted a referendum set for 2025 for the territory to gain more autonomy or possibly become independent from New Zealand.[10]


  1. ^ a b "University has new chancellor", Fiji Times, 9 September 2012
  2. ^ a b "End-of-year target for Tokelau’s renewable energy scheme", Radio New Zealand International, 7 March 2012
  3. ^ a b Te Vakai, 10th edition
  4. ^ "Tokelau thanks Fiji on decolonisation efforts", PacNews, 13 September 2012
  5. ^ a b "Who's Who in Tokelau", New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 21 June 2011
  6. ^ a b "Tokelau leader dumped after losing confidence of New Zealand Foreign Minister", Radio New Zealand International, 25 February 2013
  7. ^ "Concern for council unity in removing Tokelau minister", Radio New Zealand International, 28 June 2012
  8. ^ "How Tokelau is governed", government of Tokelau official website
  9. ^ "Tokelau opens parliament for 2021". RNZ. 9 March 2021. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
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