7 Dec 2007

Cooks delegation in talks with French Polynesian government

11:52 am on 7 December 2007

Economic development has been the focus of discussions between French Polynesia's President Oscar Temaru and the Cook Islands deputy prime minister and Minister of Finance Sir Terepai Maoate in Tahiti this week.

The talks explored the possibility of improving ways to provide fuel supplies in the north of the Cook Islands.

The Cook Islands government is following Tahiti's move to introduce the use of coconut fuel in the outer islands, with a pilot project being implemented in Pukapuka.

The two sides also discussed plans to build a museum in Aitutaki dedicated to Papa Ru, the Tahitian fisherman who drifted for five months to land in the Cooks.