Tokelauan is a Polynesian language with about 1,600 speakers in
Tokelau, a territory of New Zealand to the north of Samoa and
east of Tuvalu consisting of three coral atolls: Atafu, Fakaofo
and Nukunonu. There are also about 3,000 speakers of Tokelau
in New Zealand, and a few more in the Swains Islands near
Tokelauan is used mainly as an oral language and there is
little written material in the language, although there is a
Tokelauan translation of the New Testament.
Tokelauan and Tuvaluan and more or less mutually intelligible,
and Tokelauan is also closely related to Samoan and the Niuafo'ou
language of Tonga.