25 Jun 2018

Polynesian nations to consider membership

6:32 am on 25 June 2018

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.

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The Polynesian Leaders Group meet in 2014 Photo: supplied

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.