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3 interesting covers from Nukunonu Atoll in the Tokelau Islands.

The upper cover has a modern dateless cancel, but when it arrived at Auckland, the Post Office has datestamped arrival date on the back: 17th September 2015, so we have a vague idea of when it was mailed.

The lower left cover is a first day cover of Tokelau's first set in 1948, also postmarked at Nukunonu. And the third envelope is a first day cover of the Sailing Ships set of 1971.

Stamps & envelopes all seem in good condition with no traces of toning.

The 2015 cover has a gold embossed cachet.

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Nukunonu is the largest atoll within Tokelau, a dependency of NZ, in the south Pacific Ocean. It comprises 30 islets surrounding a central lagoon, with about 5½ sq km of land area.

The island's residents depend upon coconuts, pandanus, and marine life for subsistence; fresh water is scarce. Shipping is hampered by the lack of an adequate anchorage.

Tokelau has one hotel, the Luana Liki Hotel, & one resort, Falefa Resort, both situated on Nukunonu. Few tourists visit the country & tourism is not widely promoted. There is ambivalence to the idea of tourists with some Tokelauans wanting to keep the country unaffected by the outside world. Despite this, visitors are greeted with traditional Polynesian hospitality. The Luana Liki Hotel functions mainly to accommodate official visitors who have included the NZ Prime Minister & Governor General. There is one main shop in Nukunonu which sells a limited range of products. Due to the vagaries of shipping schedules it is at times short of goods.

Concrete water tanks are incorporated into the base of newly built houses and collect rain water from the roof. Satellite TV dishes are beginning to appear on some houses in the village.

Local administration consists of a Taupulega (Council of Elders), made up of heads of family groups & two elected members. In the 2006 census 426 people live on Nukunonu, of which more than 95% belong to the Catholic Church.

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