Polynesian nations to consider membership

The Polynesian Leaders Group meet in 2014 Photo: RNZ/supplied

FUNAFUTI, 25 JUNE 2018 (RNZ PACIFIC) – This week’s meeting of the Polynesian Leaders Group in Tuvalu is to consider membership applications from New Zealand, Hawai’i and Rapanui.

The group was brought together in 2011 to seek a future for Polynesian peoples and to maintain and protect the importance of cultures, traditions and languages.

It was set up as the Melanesian Spearhead Group gained more prominence and a Micronesian leaders group was established by the nations that are also members of the Pacific Islands Forum.

The Funafuti meeting will also review a draft charter for the group and discuss the establishment of its secretariat.

American Samoa is to offer to host the meeting in 2019.

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