Polynesian leaders to meet

Wednesday August 28, 2013 Written by Published in Local

Prime Minister Henry Puna will be attending the third annual Polynesia Leaders Group meeting, which commences tomorrow in Auckland.

According to media reports, the meeting is set to look at sustainable economic prosperity, observation of democratic values and independence, education, transport, trade and investment as well as environmental conservation and climate change mitigation.

For the second year in a row, the meeting will be hosted by PM Puna, who also hosted last year’s event in Rarotonga.

The Polynesian Leaders Group was set up in 2011 in Samoa, and is comprised of eight members including Tonga, Samoa, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, Niue, America Samoa, French Polynesia and Tokelau.

The group will be meeting at the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs offices in Auckland.

Last week, special advisor to the PM Trevor Pitt said a native Hawaiian contingent will also be present at the meeting, and will also be joined by Maori and Rapa Nui groups.

The Hawaiians’ appearance is reportedly part of an effort to revive their culture and strengthen Polynesian roots.

Puna is scheduled to leave Auckland on Sunday for the Marshall Islands, where he will be attending the Smaller Islands States Officials meeting – a prelude to the Pacific Forum meeting which runs from September 3 to 6.

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