An inquiry to the tz mailing list revealed that the Posix standard has probably always been wrong about Tokelau. Before it jumped across the International Date Line, it was observing UTC-11, but most sources said it was on UTC-10. After the jump in 2011, everyone just added 24 hours, making it UTC+14. However, it has now been confirmed that the correct offset for Tokelau is UTC+13. I have updated this page accordingly.
As for me, I used UTC-11 in the book "Administrative Subdivisions of Countries," and the same value on this website until some time between December 13 and 30, 2004 (according to the Internet Archive), when I changed it to UTC-10 for reasons I don't remember, but probably to match up with Posix. I also don't remember where I got the original UTC-11.
On retrieving source , I reviewed the data and found that I had misread a figure for the 2006 population of Nukunonu. I fixed it in the table below.
Tokelau moved across the International Date Line, in tandem with Samoa. What that meant in practice is simply that they skipped a day: 2011-12-30. Its standard time changed from UTC-11 to UTC+13.
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The Union Islands, also known as the Tokelau Islands, became a British protectorate in 1911. They were joined with several other island groups to form the colony of Gilbert and Ellice Islands on 1915-11-12. On 1926-02-11, the Tokelau Islands were transferred to New Zealand as a dependency. On 1949-01-01 they became an overseas territory of New Zealand. The name was changed to Tokelau in 1976-12.
Tokelau is divided into three autonomous atoll communities.
Tokelau consists of three atolls: Atafu, Fakaofo, and Nukunonu.
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