29 Aug 2013

Polynesian leaders arrive in Auckland ahead of regional meeting

2:49 pm on 29 August 2013

Polynesian leaders are arriving in Auckland for a regional meeting of the recently-formed Polynesian Leaders Group.

The PLG will meet at the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs offices in Auckland tomorrow, but the gathering will be hosted by the Cook Islands Prime Minister, Henry Puna.

The bloc was formed in Samoa in 2011 and last year it met in Rarotonga.

Member countries are Tonga, Samoa, Tuvalu, the Cook Islands, Niue, American Samoa, French Polynesia and Tokelau.

This year, Maori, Rapa Nui and Hawai'ian groups have also been invited.

Despite Auckland being the largest Polynesian city in the Pacific, it is not clear whether Pasifika groups from New Zealand have been invited.

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.

The Polynesian leaders will next week travel to the Marshall Islands for the Pacific Islands Forum.