The Flag of Tokelau

The flag of Tokelau features a blue background representing the ocean, with a white Southern Cross constellation to the right, symbolizing the island group's location in the South Pacific. To the left, a yellow Tokelauan canoe (paopao) sails towards the hoist side, emphasizing the importance of fishing and navigation in Tokelauan culture. The flag's design reflects both the community's heritage and its connection to the wider region.

The Flag of Tokelau

History

Tokelau's flag was officially adopted on May 29, 2009, after a long process that involved consultation with the Tokelauan community. Prior to this, Tokelau did not have its own unique flag and generally used the flag of New Zealand, the country to which it is a territory. The adoption of the flag was part of a broader movement towards greater self-determination and cultural expression for Tokelau. The design was chosen to represent Tokelau's identity distinctly, incorporating elements significant to its culture and geography while acknowledging its links to New Zealand and the surrounding Pacific region.