16 Mar 2005

Royal families in French Polynesia want to secure land rights

8:47 pm on 16 March 2005

Descendants of French Polynesia's royal families say they are determined to secure their land for future generations.

They say they would like to form a body similar to New Caledonia's Kanak customary council to ensure that what is state land now won't be sold off.

One of the organisers of the campaign, Joinville Pomare, says since 1842 France has failed to respect the treaties signed with the Polynesians.

"This action was not started for it to stop tomorrow morning. This action was started so that we will be heard at the highest level. And Oscar Temaru, the president, has been listening to these claims."

Joinville Pomare