Tokelau(redirected from Autonomous communities of Tokelau)
Also found in: Encyclopedia.
An island group of the central Pacific Ocean north of Samoa. The islands were annexed by Great Britain in 1889 following a series of raids by Peruvian slave traders, and came under New Zealand sovereignty in 1948.
To′ke·lau′an adj. & n.
(Placename) an island group in the South Pacific composed of three atolls, Nukunono, Atafu, and Fakaofo; dependent territory of New Zealand. Pop: 1368 (2012 est). Area: about 11 sq km (4 sq miles)